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One person dead in N Austin house fire

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Austin Firefighters put out a small fire at a north Austin house and during their search found a 60-year-old man dead inside.

Authorities are waiting on autopsy results to figure out how the man died. His name has not been released.

AFD Battalion Chief Thayer Smith says a caretaker checking on the man discovered the fire and called 911. Within five minutes of the call the fire was out and crews discovered the man's body.

"We've launched a joint investigation," Smith said which is standard protocol in cases like this.

The cause of the fire is undetermined pending further investigation. It was very small and contained to one bedroom. It's not clear if the victim was inside that bedroom or somewhere else in the house.

Neighbor Matthew Hunter has lived in his house for 34 years. He walked outside this morning to find the street blocked off with tape and the flashing lights from emergency vehicles.

"I felt something had gone wrong," Hunter said.

It didn't take long for Hunter to figure out what happened.

"You hate to lose a good neighbor," Hunter said.

While investigators do their job, neighbors chatted in the street and shared what they knew about the victim. They say he kept to himself and had married a woman who lived on the same street. .

"We used to see him coming and going but it's been quiet over there for a while," said Jan Harbor who lives nearby.

For Hunter, it's a sad day losing a neighbor. "It's disturbing to find out what happened to one of my neighbors who has been a part of the neighborhood as long as we have," he said.

According to AFD the fire caused a total of $20,000 in damage. Until the autopsy results are in authorities don't anticipate any updates.

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