ST. LOUIS — One man is dead after fire broke out in an apparently vacant home in St. Louis.

The fire broke out around 10 a.m. Tuesday in the city’s Botanical Heights neighborhood near Interstate 44. Firefighters forced their way into the boarded-up building and found a man dead at the top of a staircase.

The house did not have functioning utilities.

Firefighters are trying to determine the identity of the victim.

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