Man killed, another seriously hurt after house fire

DETROIT (WXYZ) - An early morning fire on Detroit's east side cost a man his life and severely hurt another.

Neighbors saw the flames shortly before 2:00 a.m. in the 4-thousand block of Ashley Street.

One man, who did not want to be identified, says the house was engulfed within minutes.

Detroit fire crews took one man to the hospital after an EMS rig took too long to arrive. One man suffered from smoke inhalation and burns to 40% of his body. The other man had first-degree burns to his face and hand. He also hurt his ankle.

Detroit police say one of the men died, but his identity has not been released. Neighbors and sources tell Action News the two men were squatters.

Sources close to the investigation say there appear to be signs flames started in multiple locations within the house, which could suggest the fire was intentionally set.

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