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Man dies after overnight house fire in Muncie

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MUNCIE (Feb. 9, 2015) – A man died following an overnight fire in Delaware County.

It happened around 2 a.m. at a home at 1500 N. Jefferson St. in Muncie.

According to the Delaware County Coroner’s Office, the man helped an 80-year-old woman get out of the home and was also safely out himself. He then went back inside—investigators said it was likely he returned to rescue some pets that were still in the home. Two pets ended up dying as well.

The woman was taken to an area hospital for observation but appeared to be unhurt.

The cause of the fire appeared to be an electric blanket, according to the Muncie Fire Department.