The early-morning fire that killed a man in the village of Walton on Monday has been ruled accidental, according to a Tuesday media release from the Walton Police Department.

The blaze broke out at about 4 a.m. at a two-story house at 22 Benton Ave. There are four apartments in the building, and the fire started in an upstairs apartment, where Phillip Kurt lived.

During the process of extinguishing the blaze, firefighters found Kurt deceased in his apartment, according to police.

Officials were at the scene of the fire well into the afternoon Monday investigating, police said. Members of the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control investigated the cause of the fire along with the Delaware County Fire Investigations Team, Delaware County Sheriff’s Department and the Walton Police Department.

Further investigation to determine the exact cause of the fire will continue, the release said.

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