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October 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Man dies in North Seattle fire caused by damaged cord

Fire investigators have determined that a blaze that killed one North Seattle man and injured another early Sunday morning was caused by a pinched power cord, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

The fire began in the bottom unit of a duplex in the 10500 block of Greenwood Avenue North and was reported at 3:32 a.m., fire officials said.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy black smoke pouring from the bottom-floor unit, which was filled with piles of combustible materials, and the body of a deceased man, 10 feet from the door, Moore said.

The victim’s name has not been released.

Another man, who lived in the upper unit of the two-story dwelling, suffered minor smoke inhalation, according to fire officials.

Moore said fire investigators found that a pinched power cord in the bedroom of the lower unit started the blaze and that neither unit had a working smoke alarm. Damages to the structure and contents were estimated at $200,000, he said.

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