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Jan 5, 2016 4:51 PM

UPDATE: Officials say man was trapped inside home before dying in Farmington fire


FARMINGTON - A man is dead after officials said a fire broke out Tuesday morning in a Farmington home.

READ: 1 dead after fire at Ten Rod Road in Farmington

Crews responded to 495 Ten Rod Road at about 9:30 a.m.

A neighbor said he happened to be driving by, and while he was helping people outside, he said he could hear screams and cries from the man who was trapped.

"I heard screaming for a while, it was quite loud, but then there was a fire truck," neighbor Steve Converse said. "I don't know. Everything happens fast."

Crews couldn't get to the man before he died.

Police arrived before the fire crews and tried to enter the building to get to the trapped victim but "heavy fire conditions [were] pushing him back," said Farmington Fire Chief James Reinert.

The fire left multiple people stranded. Three people were treated for smoke inhalation at the hospital, including two children.

"I just got some blankets for the kids," said Converse, who lives nearby. "And then we wrapped the blankets around the kids who were sitting in the car trying to stay warm. It was near zero [degrees]."

The local Red Cross also came to help. They've assisted people in 7 fires over the last 24-hours.

The fire is still under investigation.

Officials haven't released the name of the man who died.


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