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Waterloo Man Dies in House Fire

WATERLOO, Iowa  --  An eastern Iowa man was killed when his house caught fire.

A neighbor reported smoke coming from a home  in Waterloo, and upon arrival firefighters forced their way inside. This is when they found 63-year-old Robert Smiley; investigators say he died of smoke inhalation.

Putting the fire out was also a challenge. Firefighters had to use a second hydrant because the one closest to the home was frozen. Investigators say the fire started in the basement, but they have not yet determined the cause.

Fifty-three other Iowans died in fires in 2017, which is the highest number of fire-related deaths since 1993.