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Elderly Man Killed In Shrewsbury House Fire

SHREWSBURY (CBS) – A house fire in Shrewsbury that left an elderly man dead is not suspicious, investigators said Thursday.

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Three people were in this Shrewsbury home when the fire started. (Photo Credit: Jim Claflin)

The fire started around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a home on Artemas Avenue.

Two people inside escaped on their own, but firefighters had to carry out 86-year-old Richard Hosking.

He was rushed to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester where he died.

The fire chief said the home was filled with so much stuff it slowed down the rescue and the fire fight.

However, investigators said the cause is likely electrical and had nothing to do with the clutter.

Hosking's wife Anne was also taken to the hospital for treatment.

There's no word yet on her condition.


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