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Man dead in Saint John house fire, police say

One person is died and another was sent to hospital Wednesday after a fire in a west Saint John home.

Another person escaped burning house on Loyalist Lane with minor injuries

One person has died Wednesday following a fire at a home on Loyalist Lane in west Saint John. (Rachel Cave/CBC)

One person has died and another was sent to hospital Wednesday after a fire in a west Saint John home.

City fire and police crews, as well as paramedics, arrived to find "smoke rolling out" of the Loyalist Lane residence shortly before 1 p.m, according to Jim Hennessy, communications manager for the Saint John Police Force.

The body of a man was removed from the basement, said Barry Oickle, platoon chief with the Saint John Fire Department.

The individual who survived got out of the building with minor injuries, he said. 

A forensic unit was also called to the scene.

Police and fire officials would not speculate on what caused the fire, which is under investigation.

Loyalist Lane is a small street in the Churchill Heights neighbourhood off Manawagonish Road.

With files from Rachel Cave

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