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Fire in Albany claims one life

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A fire broke out early Sunday morning in Albany, leaving one person dead. Officials say they cannot identify the body until an autopsy is completed, because it was so severely burned. Our Maria Valvanis has more.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "When I first got out there people were saying, 'oh no one was in the house,' and it was a sigh of relief. So it was really heartbreaking to hear someone got hurt," said a neighbor, Heather Eckert.

Officials say it wasn't until after they put out the fire at 12 Arcadia Avenue that they discovered a body.

"Unfortunately during our final stage we discovered a fire victim in a rear bedroom on the second floor," said Albany Fire Chief, Robert Forezzi.

"I spoke with one guy this morning who said he had just moved across the street last week so he was pretty thankful that he wasn't there," said Eckert.

Investigators are still trying to determine what happened.

Chief Forezzi said, "We have the Albany fire investigators, the Albany police investigators, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the District Attorney's office, all fire investigators here assisting us in investigating this scene."

"Pretty scary, it could happen to anyone," said John Nixon.

Word of the fire brought John Nixon back, a previous tenant, who was overwhelmed by the news.

Nixon said, "Pretty weird to say the least, the house you lived in all your life is now gone."

Nixon said his mother had sold the house just six years ago.

"Just scared, disbelief that that happened, questions why it happened," said Eckert.

Officials are continuing their investigation so that they can answer that very question: how the fire started. They say they expect autopsy results at some point on Monday. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP