Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
A man died after fire ripped through a Mason condominium early today, fire officials said.
Crews were called to 5230 W. Country Ridge Drive just before 2 a.m.
When they arrived, they found heavy flames shooting from the back of the first and second floors, said Lt. Tom Wentzel.
The victim was found on the first floor. His name and age were not released.
The cause of the fire remains unknown.
Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office are on scene, assisting Mason firefighters.
Initially, there was a report that a small explosion sparked the fire. The explosion, if there was one, occurred before fire crews arrived, Wentzel said.
The condo is destroyed. A damage estimate was not available.
Neighbors in an adjacent condo were displaced. Their unit suffered smoke damage, Wentzel said. He did not know how many people in that unit were impacted.
One of the victim’s relatives declined comment at the scene.
Neighbors said they were advised by authorities not to talk to the media until Tuesday.
The Enquirer will update this story.
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