Brookside House fire kills 74-year-old man

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BROOKSIDE, Ala. (AP) - A deadly house fire in Brookside last night claimed the life of an elderly man. Fire crews said the blaze erupted about 9 pm at a residence on McConnell Lane.

The Jefferson County Coroner said firefighters found 74-year-old
Earnest Smith inside and he was transported to University Hospital
where he died about an hour later.

How the fire started is under investigation.

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