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Firefighters battle raging grass fire near Cobourg

The house continues to smoulder and is too hot for police to conduct a full inspection of the premises in order to ascertain the cause

The Marseilles Fire Department responded to a house fire at 471 W. Bluff St. late Sunday afternoon.

Around 3 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the location on Northumberland Heights Road in the hamlet of Baltimore, just northeast of Cobourg.

Firefighters say the fire was mostly contained to a shed attached to the main building, though the connected building was damaged as well.

The male resident had lived alone in the single-family house, he said.

The owner suspects a spark from a chainsaw may have started the fire.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the third floor, but 28-year-old Kevin Riggle died.

Bobbie Ranaldi of Stagecoach was found in the fire, and lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful, according to fire crews.

Representatives of the local fire marshal's office are investigating the fire with help from the state police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit.