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One Dead After Early Morning Fire In Dale
Updated January 25, 2016 7:14 AM | Filed under: Fire
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(DALE) - A Spencer County man died in a fire on the east side of Dale this morning.

Spencer County Coroner Robert Fuller says the name of the man is not being released pending notification of family members.

According to Carter Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dan Reinke, the state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire at 25 South Sunset Drive.

The fire was reported by a neighbor at 2:33 a.m.

The single-story, brick home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene at 2:33 a.m. A neighbor reported the blaze.

Firefighters from Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department were called to assist in battling the blaze.

The house is owned by Diana Pope of Clarksville, was destroyed.

Andy Cantner, one of two males residing at the residence, had been smoking inside the home and had gone outside early this morning to tend to a bonfire, according to Reinke.

Reinke believes a discarded cigarette ignited a mattress on the living room floor.

According to Reinke, Canter went back inside to find the mattress on fire and dragged the mattress outside, but not before portions of that burning mattress ignited other areas of the home. Canter then returned to the home, but was unable to save the other man inside.

Canter suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Firefighters found the deceased male in a utility room off the living room.

The Spencer County Sheriff's Department and Spencer County Emergency Medical Services also assisted.

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