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UPDATE: New Bern fatal fire ruled accidental

New Bern police say the fire happened on Broad Street.
New Bern Fire-Rescue says someone was found dead after a fire early Monday morning.
New Bern Fire-Rescue says someone was found dead after a fire early Monday morning.(WITN-TV)
Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 7:20 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2021 at 3:16 PM EST
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - Fire officials have ruled a New Bern fire that claimed the life of a man an accident.

Fire Marhsal Danny Hill says the fire at 705 Broad Street was the result of the misuse of cooking equipment.

The city says that the investigation continues into the cause of death and the identification of the victim.

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New Bern Fire-Rescue tells WITN one person was found dead after a fire on Monday morning.

A city spokesperson says the fire was at a residential building that housed rooms for people to rent. Firefighters say five people were home at the time.

The person’s name has not been released and we still do not know what caused the fire.

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An early morning fire forced a road to close in New Bern on Monday.

New Bern police say crews are fighting a fire on Broad Street. A spokesperson for the city says it happened at a residential building that housed rooms for people to rent.

Officials say the fire began around 6:20 a.m. and was out by 8 a.m. About 18 firefighters with New Bern Fire/Rescue helped put out the flames.

Police say the 700 block of Broad Street to Metcalf Street and Bern Street is closed until further notice.

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