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Fatal Niagara Falls fire intentionally set at three locations throughout home

Posted at 3:56 AM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 17:54:37-04

One man is dead after a fire in Niagara Falls that police and fire crews are now investigating as arson.

The fire department was called to the one-alarm structure fire at 522 Niagara Street around 8:00 p.m. Thursday August 31, 2017.

One man was confirmed dead, and his name is being withheld by authorities as the investigation continues into his death.

According to police, the interior of the home was damaged by heat and smoke, and the fire had been concentrated into a corner of the living room. Arson investigators determined that the fire had been set intentionally with three points of origin throughout the home.

An autopsy did not reveal an exact cause of death. Police say foul play is not suspected, but it has not been ruled out. Toxicology testing is still being completed.

7 Eyewitness News reporter Ed Reilly has more about the fire in his report.

This is the second fatal fire in Niagara Falls in two weeks.  Seven-year-old Hannah Lucas died August 18th, when her family's home on South Avenue went up in flames.