UPDATE: Elderly man found during house fire is confirmed dead

An elderly South Bend man sent to Memorial Hospital after a house fire, has died.

Firefighters arrived at the 700 block of W. Wayne St., near the Studebaker National Museum, shortly after 9:30 p.m.

There they saw large flames coming from the rear dining room, and heavy smoke throughout the house.

Firefighters used a 1 3/4 line to help extinguish the flames, as rescue crews canvassed the inside in search for the male homeowner.

"Rescue One went on the inside and then I understand they found one male victim in there," said Fire Marshall Federico Rodriguez. "I understand he was under cardiac arrest when he was taken to the hospital."

Rodriguez says the elderly homeowner, Garfield Bryant, was the only person inside the house at the time of the fire. Bryant later died at Memorial Hospital from smoke inhalation.

Firefighters continue to investigate what caused the blaze. The home, valued at $45,000, will need to be demolished, as it is beyond repair.

This marks the fourth fire fatality in South Bend so far this year. In 2012, South Bend saw no fatalities, and held a media conference to celebrate the positive news.

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