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An elderly man was found dead inside a Lewiston home early Sunday after fire swept through the Lower River Road house.

Lewiston police and Niagara County sheriff’s deputies arriving at 4702 Lower River Road had been told the man might be in the burning house. But when they attempted to enter the burning building several times, they were forced back by heavy smoke, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Firefighters found the man dead inside the home. His name was not released, pending notification of his family, officials said.

The fire was reported to authorities at 2:18 a.m. by a 911 call. The house wasa destroyed, authorities said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Lewiston No. 1, Upper Mountain, Youngstown, Sanborn and Ransomville companies fougght the blaze.