WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - Fire officials discovered a man's body inside a Bethany-area home that caught fire Thursday morning.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to the fire, located near Northwest 174th and Northwest Meadow Grass Drive in unincorporated Washington County, at around 5:50 a.m. A neighbor saw the fire and called 911.

Crews arrived to the scene and found fire coming from inside the home. The blaze was quickly knocked down at around 6 a.m.

The victim has not yet been identified but deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office confirm the 64-year-old man died of accidental causes, possibly involving a cigarette. 

Law enforcement says an autopsy is scheduled for Friday to determine the man's exact cause of death. The man's identity will be released once his family is notified.

No one else was inside the home at the time of the fire.

FOX 12 spoke with a neighbor who said his wife first smelled and then saw smoke.

"She smelled smoke. She just woke up, smelled smoke and went outside because it smelled unusual and called it in," said Mark McCorkle. "It's unfortunate. He was a great guy, super nice guy. He was a Vietnam vet, so we'll miss him."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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