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Massena motel fire turns fatal

Fire swept through a Massena motel last night. One person is dead. Jonathan Brown reports.

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State Police Investigator Theodore Levison says inspectors are trying to determine what caused the fire at the Hillside Motel on Smith Drive.

"At approximately 8:30 PM, St Lawrence County 911 received a telephone call from a resident of the motel reporting a fire in one of the upstairs units."

He says fire crews from Massena and surrounding towns kept the flames from spreading:

"Fire departments contained the fire to one upstairs unit of the motel. After extinguishing the blaze, a deceased subject was located within that unit."

Levison says no details of the deceased will be released until an autopsy--scheduled today--determines cause of death.  

Levison says it's standard operating procedure for State Police to investigate fatalities. And he says his agency's involvement does not indicate any suspicion of wrongdoing in this case.

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