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Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating after a man died following an apartment fire during a police interaction in Toronto.

The Special Investigations Unit says Toronto police first responded to a call for an assault on Friday evening.

Investigators say officers tried to communicate with a man who lived in the apartment through the door.

They say police eventually called the Toronto Fire Service, when responders found flames and smoke coming out of the apartment.

The SIU says firefighters brought the man out of the apartment and pronounced him dead at the scene.

They say a team of five investigators are looking into the case and a postmortem was to have been conducted on the body on Sunday.

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