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One dead after Traverse City house fire

One person is dead after a house fire in Traverse City.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- One person is dead after an early morning house fire in Traverse City.

The fire happened at 1303 Veterans Drive around 4 a.m. Friday.

Veterans Drive was closed from 14th Street to 16th Street while crews worked to extinguish the flames.

The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office says the fire started on the bottom level of the duplex and worked its way up.

Investigators say four people were in the south unit and three of them were able to get out of the home.

Two of the three people were sent to the hospital for evaluation.

The north unit was empty at the time of the fire.

The body of one man was found in the upstairs of the building.

Investigators are working on identifying the victim.

Traverse City Police Chief Jeff O'Brien says they believe they know who the victim might be, but they are waiting for a DNA sample from a possible relative who lives downstate to confirm his identity.

O'Brien says he thinks the man lived in a separate unit from the other three people in the home.

Veterans Drive has since been reopened.

Venus Telfor and her husband live next door and were alerted to the blaze by their dog.

"The dog started barking around 4:00 am," Telfor said. "He doesn't usually do that. He wouldn't stop barking. That's when my husband decided there was something wrong. Then we heard a thud. Sounded like somebody hit the side of our house. He went outside to see what was going on and we saw flames shooting out of the kitchen window of the house next door."

Telfor, her husband, and their dog exited their home and called 911.


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