Police investigating fatal fire in Newport

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NEWPORT — Authorities say one person is dead after a fire broke out in Newport on Christmas night.

Newport Police and Fire responded to 58 Pleasant Street for a structure fire that was reported at around 9:15 p.m.

Responding officers say they found heavy flames coming from the second floor.

The flames were intense, and the home sustained substantial damage before fire crews brought it under control.

One resident escaped and told first responders that his roommate, an adult male, was possibly still inside.

Fire crews entered the building, and a body was found inside one of the apartments.

The victim has not been identified at this time.

A Vermont State Police Fire Investigator and an investigator from the Vermont Division of Fire Safety responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation, police say.

The Red Cross was called and assisted with other tenants that were displaced.

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