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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a man was found dead inside a burned camper near downtown Rapid City after firefighters doused the blaze.

The Rapid City Journal reports officers responded to the scene early Friday afternoon after receiving a report of a suicidal person who may be armed. Police say the man had entered a nearby camper with a gas canister.

The camper caught fire, and some homes in the neighborhood were evacuated. The fire spread to an outbuilding and a two-story residence, and as the camper burned, ammunition inside it exploded. Because authorities feared the person inside the camper was armed, police drew their weapons and provided protection to firefighters battling the blaze.

Police have not released the man's name and the cause of death remains under investigation.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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