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Apr 11, 7:09 PM EDT

House fire in Milwaukee claims life of 1 man; no working smoke detectors in cottage


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Authorities say there were no working smoke detectors in a Milwaukee home where a fire claimed a man's life.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office says 35-year-old Phoukham Athathip was killed in the fire that started in a small cottage on the city's north side about 11 p.m. Thursday

When fire crews arrived, heavy smoke and fire were pouring from a first-floor living room. A bystander told firefighters that someone was still inside the home.

Firefighters removed the man from the house. He was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

Deputy Milwaukee Fire Chief Terry Lintonen tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( http://bit.ly/1gSvJIm ) no smoke detectors were found in the home.

No one else was at the home. The cause remains under investigation.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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