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Officials: Man Died Before Easton House Fire

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Marc Vasconcellos‏/The Brockton Enterprise

Officials announced a man whose body was discovered after a house fire in Easton, Massachusetts actually died prior to the blaze.

David Berman, 84, was found on Wednesday in the basement of a home on 42 Dean St. after a fire sparked in a house with "extreme hoarding conditions."

State Fire Marshals and police deemed the blaze accidental.

Authorities said various things in the basement, such as a space heater and extension cords, could have triggered the fire.

Berman was a veteran of the Air Force and Marines. Officials did not reveal the cause of his death.

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