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Cause of fatal Amherstburg fire under investigation

There's still no word on the cause of the fire that claimed the lives of a couple in Amherstburg.

There's still no word on the cause of the fire that claimed the lives of a couple in Amherstburg.

A man and woman died when a tri-plex on Richmond Street caught fire early Sunday.

Scott Evenden, with the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office, said the investigation is still in its early stages.

"We do have information, preliminary information albeit, that there were smoke alarms that were functioning inside of the structure," Evenden said.

What is unclear at this point is whether smoke alarms were working in the unit that caught fire.

Friends have set up a small memorial outside the fire scene. Friends are leaving flowers and heart-felt notes of remembrance.

The man and woman were killed early Sunday morning. Fire and police officials both said the man died while trying to save his common-law wife, who also died.

Patti Truman knew both of them. She called the mad a hero.

"He went back in to get her and he died with her, and they didn't die alone. They died together. I don't know if that's something that's comforting or not," she said. "They both should be here, but because they're gone together, that gives you a bit of comfort I guess."

Police have not released the victim's names.

Truman said they were, "very, very kind people."

"They were the kind of people you'd look at and ask 'why would that happened to someone like that?' They were such good people," Truman said.

 The fire marshal's office continues to investigate the cause of the fire.

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