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Man dead after Westminster house fire

Raw video of a house fire in the 1200 block of Naugahyde Road in Westminster.

The state medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death for a man who died after a house fire in Westminster Friday.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said the man, who was not immediately identified, was pulled from the house in the 1200 block of Naugahyde Road by a Carroll County Sheriff's deputy and retired firefighter, who arrived on the scene first.

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The two administered CPR until medics arrived, when the man was pronounced dead at the scene, Bouch said. The medical examiner was en route to take the body to the Chief Medical Examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The man was the sole occupant of the house, Bouch said.

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The house was nearly full involved when firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after receiving the call at 12:46 p.m., Bouch said. It took 40 firefighters from eight companies more than 45 minutes to control the fire, and they were still working on hot spots nearly 2 hours later.

The fire marshal is still investigating the source and cause of the fire, Bouch said.

He advised motorists avoid the area if possible, as there is plenty of equipment still on the scene running water from nearby Gorsuch Road.

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