It's now unclear what started the fatal fire, the release says.
According to officials, crews were hampered by materials inside the home.
One person was taken to hospital following a house fire in River Heights.
After conducting a primary search, they found four dogs, one cat and a duck that sadly did not survive the fire.
"Flames were already breaking through the roof over a garage that was converted to a living space", Rutledge said. The man's wife was found to have been visiting with her adult daughter.
Multiple crews arrived and helped extinguish the fire, which is now being investigated. The cause of death was ruled as smoke inhalation.
The fire was reported by a neighbor who heard what sounded like an explosion and saw flames. "Develop a home fire escape plan and practice fire drills regularly".