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Man dies in house fire in West Huntington

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HUNTINGTON, Wv. -

An 88-year-old man is dead following a daring rescue by firefighters from a home on Madison Avenue in Huntington.

The man was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital, after he was removed from his burning home.

His brother, Gene Martin, who lives two doors away, watched as the victim was removed from the home on a stretcher, and loaded into an ambulance.

At the time of our interview, the victim was en route to the hospital, and his death was not yet confirmed.

"I don't know how long it had been going on," says Gene. "I wasn't close enough to see what he was like when he came out, so I don't know."

The fire chief tells 13 News it was difficult for firefighters to get to the victim, because there was clutter in the home.

He also tells us the victim had an oxygen tank with him, which forced firefighters to take extra precautions.

Three dogs also reportedly died in the fire.

One firefighter is reported to have minor burns to his hand.

One neighbor tells us when he came outside, he saw flames shooting ten feet above the roof.