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Man dies in house fire

An elderly man has died in hospital after being pulled from a burning house.

Firefighters had rescued the man from a first-floor bedroom at the semi-detached house in Norbury, south London, early this morning.

A brigade spokesman said: "Sadly he later died in hospital."

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters tackled the blaze in Norbury Crescent after they were called at 4.26am.They found a large part of the ground floor already alight and battled for 45 minutes to contain the flames. An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.