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Arizona man dies in Hutchinson fire

A 44-year-old Arizona man died in an early-morning fire Saturday in Hutchinson.

Jason Conrad of Tucson was killed in the fire, which was reported shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to information released by the Hutchinson Fire Department.

Conrad was alone at the time of the fire in a small apartment in the 1000 block of North Poplar, interim Fire Chief Doug Hanen said in the statement.

Firefighters saw smoke and fire venting from a window of the apartment when they arrived to investigate the report of a shed on fire, Battalion Chief Jeremy Unruh said in a statement released Saturday morning.

Firefighters found Conrad inside the apartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Reno County EMS.

It took fire crews about 20 minutes to put out the blaze, which caused an estimated $40,000 in damage.

On Saturday afternoon, Unruh said the cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

Contributing: Roy Wenzl and Amy Renee Leiker of The Eagle

Roy Wenzl: 316-268-6219, @roywenzl

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