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Firefighters find body at Lamont Street blaze

December 7th, 2011 11:59 am by Rex Barber

Firefighters find body at Lamont Street blaze

Firefighters responded to a house fire on Lamont Street early Wednesday morning and found a man dead.
“The fire is still under investigation and we’re trying to confirm the identity of the victim,” Johnson City Assistant Fire Chief Mark Finucane said around noon Wednesday.
Firefighters were called to 700 Lamont St. about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and were on the scene in about two minutes. Firefighters reported seeing flames jetting out the back and side of the building when they arrived.
Firefighters went in the back entrance of the building and found the victim, Finucane said.
Finucane said the home was a duplex that had additional living areas, but no one else was hurt.
“It was one structure,” Finucane said. “There was another resident two apartments over when the fire occurred but he was not injured.”
It took about 45 minutes to put out the fire, but firefighters took extra effort not to disturb the scene due to the body being found. Because of that, Finucane said, firefighters kept a watch on areas that normally would have been handled immediately.
“We were there probably at least 2½ hours before suppression units left the scene,” Finucane said.
Three fire engines and two ladder trucks were sent to the fire.
The house is located at the corner of Lamont and Frances streets. Frances was closed from Lamont down to Hamilton Street while the fire marshals worked.
Damage from the fire appeared to be mainly relegated to the back end of the house.
Fire marshals spent Wednesday morning and afternoon combing the scene looking for evidence of what may have caused the blaze and for confirmation of the victim’s identity.
A positive identification of the fire victim had not been made as of Wednesday evening.

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