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West Side house fire kills man Sunday night

A blaze in a home near South La Cholla and West 36th Street lead to a man's death Sunday night, authorities said.

A 53-year-old man, whose name was not released by officials, was pronounced dead after being found by firefighters searching a house on fire in the 2700 block of South Castle Drive on Tucson's West Side.

Tucson Fire Department crews responded to the fire at 11:53 p.m., and brought it under control a half-hour later, authorities said.

When they arrived firefighters found flames and heavy smoke coming from the rear of the structure. Neighbors told firefighters that two people might be in the home.

Firefighters doused the fire and cut holes in the roof to clear smoke, with crews battling the blaze both inside and outside the building, TFD spokesman Capt. Andy Skaggs said.

As the fire was brought under control, firefighters searching the house found the man. They performed CPR on him and he was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No firefighters were injured, Skaggs said.

There were no working smoke alarms in the house, he said. The cause of the fire, which began in a back bedroom or in the attic, had yet to be determined Monday morning.

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