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One man dies in Sweetwater house fire

Firefighters found the house on Park Street engulfed in flames Saturday evening.
Credit: WBIR

SWEETWATER, Tenn. — A man is dead after a house fire in Sweetwater Saturday night.

The Sweetwater Police Department said it happened on Park Street around 7 p.m.

Firefighters found one man dead, according to police. Officials have not released details about his identity. 

No one else was home at the time of the fire. No firefighters or officers were injured.

“Any time we have a loss of life in a fire, our community grieves for that family. We are blessed that no one was injured while fighting this blaze," Sweetwater Police Chief Eddie Byrum said.

A neighbor who initially called 911 tried to go into the house, but the fire was too big, Sweetwater police said. Firefighters focused their efforts on the attic and roof areas, and successfully made sure it didn't spread to neighboring homes

The Sweetwater Police Department said Detective Kevin Watson called the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Squad, which normally happens when someone dies in a fire.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire, according to Sweetwater police. They will continue to investigate.

Editor's note: This story previously included information from an initial press release that police said was released "out of turn" and based on rumor.