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Southeast Calgary fire claims the life of a man, pet

A 71-year-old man died in a southeast Calgary fire early Friday morning, according to Calgary fire officials.

Around 3 a.m., firefighters were called out to the 500 block of Penworth Way SE. When crews arrived, heavy smoke and flame was coming from a single-storey residential home.

Three people had already fled the home. One person had burns and was suffering from smoke inhalation, fire officials said.

Firefighters entered the basement where there was a large fire and were able to bring the fire under control. During an initial search of the basement, firefighters found a 71-year-old man that suffered fatal injuries in the fire.

One pet also died at the scene.

The other three occupants were taken to hospital by EMS.

The home is severely damaged, in both the basement and the upper-level floor, fire officials said. The fire didn’t spread to adjacent homes.

Calgary Fire Department investigators, along with the Calgary Police Service Arson Unit are on scene to investigate the cause.