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Victim dies after Saturday house fire in Madison

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Madison fire officials have confirmed that one of the people involved in the house fire on Sheffield Road Saturday night has died. 

Department Spokeswoman Amy Lampe says she can't tell us the name of the person, pending official notification from the Dane County Medical Examiner's office.  

However, a notation in Police Chief Mike Koval's blog from Sunday states police and fire teams "were unable to reach the person inside the home and the 64-year-old white male was confirmed as deceased."  

The blog also states another person, a 61-year-old woman, was outside of the residence when crews arrived.  Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis said Saturday night that one person, who was outside the home, was taken to the hospital but Lampe says no word is available on their condition today.

Lampe confirms the Madison Fire Department's Arson unit is investigating the fire. However, Chief Steven Davis says he doesn't believe there was any criminal activity involved.

Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis said two people were at the home on Sheffield Road when fire crews arrived. One person was outside the home, the other person was inside. Firefighters pulled that person out of the house and is in critical condition at an area hospital. Davis said the second person was also taken to the hospital. The condition of that person is unknown.

Jensen Buehler lives behind the burning house on Lumley Road. She describes what she saw.

"I stepped outside and I was getting in my car and all of a sudden I saw the orange flames behind me and smoke. So stepped over the hill a little bit more and I saw that the whole house was inflamed and on fire. So I called 911 and let them know that I saw a fire behind my house happening on Sheffield Road," Buehler said.

Davis said the fire was put down in about 28 minutes. He said the house sustained extensive damage. So far, no word on the cause.

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