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One dies in University of Missouri frat house fire

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ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) -- A fire broke out at a fraternity house just off the campus of the University of Missouri at St. Louis, killing a person believed to be a student, a university spokesman said.

The body has not yet been identified, spokesman Robert Samples said, but added "only three people were living at" the Pi Kappa Alpha house, and two residents escaped.

Local affiliate KSDK-TV reported the house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and that the victim was male and found on the second floor.

Firefighters were told a couch on the first floor caught on fire, KSDK reported.

The cause of the fire, which started at 3:45 a.m. (4:45 a.m ET) is under investigation.

The fraternity house is not on university property, Samples added.

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