NATICK, MASS. (WHDH) - One man was found dead after intense flames tore through a Natick home early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responding to a reported fire on Longfellow Road around 2 a.m. began to attack the fire from the outside due to the intensity of the flames, which had spread throughout the house, according to Natick Fire Chief Mike Lentini.

Crews learned that a man may still be inside and found him dead in the rear of the home, Lentini said.

His name has not been released.

The victim’s wife was able to get out of the house, Lentini added.

Neighbor Tim Keene recalled how powerful the fire was.

“The flames were getting bigger and bigger by the moment, it seemed,” he said. “We were standing over here and we could feel the heat from it and it was just, I had never seen anything like it, the way it grew and how big it got. It was wild.”

Neighbor Jim Spencer said that the house was “only a couple of years old.”

Keene added that the fatal fire is “devastating” for the “close” neighborhood.

The fire is believed to have started in the back of the home but the cause remains under investigation.

This is a developing story; stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for the latest updates.

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