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Neighbors in North Charleston woke up to emergency crews on their street Thursday and the terrible news that a man was found dead in a house fire.

Investigators tell us the first call came in around 4:45 a.m. at a home in the 2200 block of Bailey Drive. When firefighters arrived they found flames and smoke pouring from the home.

Investigators say it took around 10 minutes to put out the fire and when they went inside the body of a man was found.

We talked to many people who live nearby and said they were asleep when the fire started.

Alfred Coaxum Jr. said he woke up to a knock at the door.

“Neighbor came and got me, when I look out, the house was in a blaze on fire”, Coaxum said.

Coaxum Jr. lives across the street and knew the man who died.

“It hurts, you know. I am going to miss him and that dog — always be barking. Miss him from riding his bicycle at night,” Coaxum said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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