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One Dead in Oshkosh Duplex Fire

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One Dead in Oshkosh Duplex Fire

CREATED May. 16, 2013

OSHKOSH, WI -- One person has been killed and two others injured in a duplex fire in Oshkosh.

Fire officials say four other people in the lower unit of the duplex escaped the fire Wednesday night.  Two peole in the upper unit jumped from second-story windows before firefighters arrived about 11:30 p.m. Firefighters climbed up their ladders to reach the third person upstairs. That person was taken to a hospital and later died. The two other upstairs residents are hospitalized in stable condition.

The four family members downstairs were treated at the scene.

UPDATE: Kyle Shilts doesn't consider himself a hero. But when he saw flames and black smoke coming from the house across the street, he took action.

"We came outside and my roommate and I called 911 and there was a lot of smoke coming out of the top and we went and the guy handed off his son out the window and we caught him and came over here,” Schilts said.

Shilts was able to help a boy he says was about 7 years old escape from this second story window.

"The mother was out back screaming and the father was hanging out the top and there was just black smoke billowing out around him and he said there was a woman inside still," he said.

Firefighters found another person upstairs unconscious in a closet. Investigators say the fire likely started downstairs. The cause is under investigation.

“Luckily we were able to contain it to just one home and we actually got lucky it is a tragedy but as far as anymore damage, it's all right,” said Oshkosh firefighter John Holland.

As for Shilts, he says he won't soon forget the horrific scene.

"I think everyone would do the same thing we called 911 but other people showed up to run into the burning house," Shilts said.

The investigation continues tonight, but fire fighters tell me they have no reason to believe the fire was suspicious in nature.

Investigators expect to release more information on the cause in the coming days.