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Man dead in West Newbury fire

A fire claimed the life of an elderly man in a West Newbury home Tuesday morning, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

Three firefighters were also injured in the two-alarm fire, according to the West Newbury Fire Department. The department responded to the fire around 7:15 a.m. and were unable to immediately enter the home due to the conditions.

While at the scene, firefighters determined the resident of the home was missing and later recovered the body of an elderly man. State fire officials are waiting for a positive identification from the medical examiner before releasing the victim’s name, but said in a statement they believe the man is the owner of the home on Meetinghouse Hill Road.

“This was an extremely involved fire, and it took the combined efforts of several fire departments to bring the fire under control,’’ West Newbury Fire Chief Michael Dwyer said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family during this difficult time.’’

The man’s death is the 19th fire death this year. Fire officials said 32 percent of the fire deaths have been seniors over the age of 65. Forty-seven percent have been people over the age of 60.

The firefighters were transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire at the two-story, single-family home, which was destroyed.

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