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St. Paul Park man dead after house fire

Richard Andrews, 53, died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after an early morning fire at his St. Paul Park home Friday.

St. Paul Park Fire and Police departments were called to 805 First St., at 1:39 a.m. after receiving a report of smoke coming from the home.

Police attempted to enter the home but were unable to due to heavy smoke and fire conditions, according to a press release. Firefighters entered the home and found Andrews down and unresponsive on the first floor. They carried him out through a window and immediately provided emergency medical care before transporting Andrews to Regions Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall's Office and the St. Paul Park Fire Department, said Kurk Lee, St. Paul Park Fire Chief.

Cottage Grove and Newport fire departments were also called to the fire.