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Man, 89, dies after house fire at Pooraka

An elderly man has died following a house fire in Adelaide’s northern suburbs in the early hours of this morning.

Police were called to the home on Nalpa Street in Pooraka just before 1:30am after a neighbor reported sounds of smashing glass.

Police said the home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

Fire crews quickly arrived and extinguished the blaze.

When crews checked the home after the fire, they found the body of an 89-year-old man who police believe to be the occupant.

Police said the incident was not believed to be suspicious.

Neighbors have described the 89-year-old as a “really lovely man” man who enjoyed fishing and cooking.

Binh Tran said he arrived home to find emergency services on his street.

He said his neighbor had lived at the house for around 10 years and the pair were friends, helping each other with odd jobs.

Mr Tran said he could not sleep after hearing the news about his neighbour, who he described as “very nice”.

“The whole night I couldn’t sleep, I’m thinking about him,” he said.

Mr Tran said his neighbor enjoyed cooking and used to bring him fresh fish he had caught.

“I loved fishing,” he said.

Another neighbour, Kate Solway, said the incident was “terribly sad”.

“I feel for the family, absolutely,” she said.

Fire at St Agnes house

A separate investigation has been underway into a suspicious house fire at St Agnes, in Adelaide’s north-east.

Police and fire crews were called to the house under construction on Kennedy Street around 10:30pm yesterday following reports of a fire.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze, which caused extensive damage to the home.

Police believe the fire was deliberately lit and have asked anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area or has information on the fire to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.