OAKLAND (KCBS) – A man died Tuesday after suffering critical injuries from an overnight fire in Oakland’s Maxwell Park neighborhood according to fire officials.

OaklandFire Department Battalion Chief Lisa Baker said at 4:33 a.m., dispatch received a call of the fire at a two-bedroom home at2981 Kingsland Ave.

“The first arriving units found heavy smoke and flames coming from the front and side of the house, “said the chief.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Baker said crews did a fast, aggressive knockdown and got the fire under control within 10 minutes of arriving.

The two men, in their late 40s to early 50s, were taken to Highland Hospital, both in critical condition for smoke inhalation, where one succumbed to his injuries around 7:30 a.m., Baker said.

Firefighters said arson does not appear to be the cause.

Baker said power had been cut off to the residence several months ago and they are looking into the possibility of a candle or some other type of lighting or heating source being the cause.

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