Cause remains under investigation

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A house fire on Old U.S. 70 on the morning Jan. 10 claimed the life of a 67-year-old Black Mountain resident.

Authorities identified the man as Salvatore Laferrara, a resident of 381 Old U.S. 70, the address where the fire occurred.

As of Jan. 12, the Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force and Buncombe County Fire Marshal's Office had yet to determine a cause of the fire.

Multiple calls came into Buncombe County dispatchers about 5 a.m. as the house was "heavily involved in flames," according to Black Mountain Fire Department Deputy Chief John Wilson. It took firefighters from multiple agencies about three hours to get the blaze under control.

The Buncombe County Sheriff's Department arrived on the scene to assist the Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force after the body of Laferrara was discovered. Natalie Bailey, the spokesperson for the sheriff's office told The Asheville Citizen-Times the incident was not deemed suspicious.

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