- Associated Press - Monday, January 11, 2016

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Fire officials confirm that one person has died in an early morning house fire in Gloucester.

Chief Eric Smith says firefighters responded to the home just before 4 a.m. Monday to find flames coming from the second floor of the wood-frame house.

Firefighters entered the home and found the victim near the top of the stairs, where he was apparently already dead. The blaze was quickly brought under control.

Smith says it appears the victim lived alone in the home.

His name was not immediately made public.

The cause remains under investigation.

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