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Fire kills south Albany man (Updated)

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February 13, 2008

Albany -- Firefighters believe that cooking left unattended in the kitchen is what caused a deadly fire in south Albany this morning,

Firefighters have identified the man who died in the early morning blaze as 24-year old Derrick Fedd.

That fire started some time around 1:00 AM at 2009 Jones Avenue.

Firefighters say they aren't sure where inside the home the fire started because by the time they arrived on the scene the entire house was engulfed in flames.

Both the coroner and Albany police arrived on the scene shortly after.

APD Officers on site taped off the entire two-thousand block of Jones Avenue with crime scene tape as firefighters battled the flames.

According to Chief James Carswell, when firefighters got inside the house, that's when they made their gruesome discovery.

"He was found in close proximity to the door. It appears that he was attempting to get out when the fire started," says Carswell. "At this time, we have very little information. We're still trying to determine all that. Hopefully, we'll know a little more in the morning," says Carswell.

Carswell says it appears the fire had been burning for a little while before a neighbor noticed it and called 911.  Three fire units were then immediately dispatched to the scene.

So far, the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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