A Lincoln City man died on Saturday, June 9 in a house fire that investigators say was most likely caused by a smoldering cigarette.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1 Capt. Jim Kusz said the blaze started toward the front of the home, one of the Hyde Park cottage apartments on N.E. 14th Street.
Kusz said firefighters found the house fully engulfed in flames after being called out at about 9 p.m. and were unable to save the man inside.
The county medical examiner and state fire marshal were both on scene on Sunday morning and the body was removed from the building at about 11 a.m.
Kusz said authorities are withholding the name of the man until they get positive confirmation of his identity, something he said should happen by Monday morning.
The Willamette Chapter team of the Red Cross secured assistance for another adult who was displaced by smoke damage to his neighboring apartment, providing three nights emergency lodging at a local motel, funds for emergency food and clothing, and hygiene kits.