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A 54-year-old Taunton man died in a fire that burned through a three-family home on Washington Street Tuesday night.

Robert A. Botellio lived on the building’s third floor, according to the Bristol district attorney’s office. His body was discovered during firefighting efforts, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Fire Department.

The fire began around 11 p.m. Tuesday at a three-family home at 246 Washington St. “Heavy flames and smoke” were coming from the top floor of the three-story home when firefighters arrived, according to a statement from the Fire Department.

Eight people escaped from the fire and have been displaced from their homes because of significant damage. They are being assisted by the Red Cross and Taunton Emergency Management Agency, the statement said. No other injuries were reported.

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Officials believe the fire began on the third floor, and they have not determined the cause. The Taunton fire and police departments, along with State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey’s office and Bristol prosecutors, are investigating.

This is the seventh fatal fire death this year in Massachusetts, according to Ostroskey’s office.

According to the Taunton assessor’s database, the 2,246-square-foot home was built in 1930.


Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.