Two days after a house in LaSalle was destroyed by fire, police have confirmed one man is dead.

It took a while for investigators to confirm the loss of life, with extreme cold and icy conditions hampering the search.

"It's a terribly unfortunate incident that took place and our condolences go out to the family," says Sgt. Nawzad Sinjari.

Deputy fire chief Ed Thiessen says the coroner and an investigator with the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal were on scene Tuesday.

The investigator arrived Monday, but could not get into the home because it was too unstable. The fire took place on Sunday around 3:45 p.m at 650 Laurier Dr.

Thiessen says one person made it out of the house, but one person was originally listed as unaccounted for. He says damage is about $200,000.

Workers with heavy equipment were tearing down part of the burned house on Tuesday morning. LaSalle police were also on scene.

Neighbours say an elderly couple lived there.