Fire in south Philly home kills elderly man

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a fire in a south Philadelphia home claimed the life of an elderly man.

Firefighters were called to the residence at about 8:30 a.m. Monday and had the flames under control in about 20 minutes.

Executive Fire Chief Richard Davison told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the body of a 72-year-old man was found on ground floor of the two-story building.

He was pronounced dead at the scene within minutes. Investigators said they believe the victim tried to extinguish the flames himself.

The name of the victim has not been released. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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