RICHMOND -- A man was found dead after he suffered severe burns in a small apartment fire late Wednesday afternoon, fire officials said.

Battalion Chief Manly Moulton with the Richmond Fire Department said crews responded to around 5:31 p.m. to the 400 block of South 23rd Street. The first crew on the scene was able to break through the closed front door of an apartment and extinguish the small amount of flames and smoke.

As the smoke cleared, crew found a man, believed to be in his late 40s or early 50s, on the ground with severe burns to his body, Manly added.

Paramedics declared the man dead at the scene. His identity has not been released, pending notification of kin.

The man was the only occupant of the home.

Manly said it is unknown what caused the fire, but that the fire left little damage and was contained to just the front entry area. Two other apartments in the same complex were not damaged.

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