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Fatal Fires Confirmed In Edgartown, Taunton

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Authorities say two people have died in house fires in Massachusetts in the past 12 hours.

A man died in in a house fire in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday night and another man died in a fire at a Taunton home on Thursday morning.

No names have been released. Both blazes remain under investigation.

State Fire Marshal's spokeswoman Jennifer Mieth says it appears as if the victim in the Edgartown fire escaped but re-entered the home to save a pet.

The two-alarm Taunton fire was reported at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday by a person driving past.

The victim was found near his front door and fire officials believe he was trying to get out.

Mieth says there have now been 16 fire-related deaths in Massachusetts this year.

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