Crews responded to calls of smoke coming from a single-storey duplex at 8166 16th Ave. at about 5:30 p.m., according to assistant fire Chief Barry Mawhinney
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Hearing from neighbours that the unit was usually occupied, firefighters plunged into thick black smoke to search the unit.
The patient was found not far from the front door. He was severely burnt and had no pulse, and CPR protocol was initiated, Mawhinney said.
Firefighters revived him, but the man succumbed to his injuries in the early hours of Thursday morning, according to Burnaby RCMP.
Crews entered the home and found a 55-year-old man passed out on the floor. They carried him onto the lawn, where they immediately began first aid.
The fire is being investigated, but it isnt being deemed suspicious, and fire officials dont believe it was related to Halloween fireworks.
A family of five was displaced from the other half of the duplex, he said, but that unit sustained little damage.
"A neighbour had kicked the door in," Asst. Fire Chief Stew Colbourne told CTV. "But with the heavy smoke, they couldn't enter."
Firefighters found the man unconscious on the floor and carried him outside, where they performed first aid.