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Man dies going back into Plano house fire to get cell phone

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One person died early Thursday when they went back inside their burning home to get a cell phone.

Three people lived in the home in the 8000 block of Haggard Street in Plano, near 75 and Park. All three got out of the burning home about 1 a.m., but two people went back inside to get items from the house.

One adult male in his 70s didn't make it back out and was found dead inside the house by firefighters. The man reportedly went inside to get his cell phone to call 911.

Fire officials said 90 percent of people who go back into a burning house do not make it back outside.

"The smoke is so poisonous, so toxic, that just a breath or two of it will make the body start have symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning," said Plano Fire-Rescue Capt. Peggy Harrell.

The man's identity has not been released and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Investigators believe the fire may have started in the kitchen, but have not made an official ruling.

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