Man found dead in Lafayette Avenue house fire

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A man was found dead after a fire Tuesday morning in south St. Louis. It happened around 10 a.m. on the second floor of a two-story building in the 4300 block of Lafayette Avenue, west of Tower Grove.

Police have identified the victim as 56-year-old Lamont Hill, of the 4400 block of Shaw.

Officials originally reported the home was vacant.

According to St. Louis Fire Captain Garon Mosby, there were bars on the doors so firefighters had to make a forced entry to the home. They found Hill's body outside of a bedroom, at the top of the staircase.

Mosby says the building did not have utilities.
Although foul play is not suspected, the cause of the fire has not been determined.
No other injuries were reported.