Michael Jameson Gunter, 29, of 1113 Upchurch St., was pulled from the fire in his three-unit building and was taken to WakeMed, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The fire broke out sometime before 4 a.m. at the Upchurch Street residence. Raleigh Police Sgt. M.A. McKee was on duty in the area when he smelled smoke and began knocking on doors to alert residents, police said.
Ten people were evacuated from the building.
When firefighters forced their way into one of the units, they found Gunter, and emergency personnel tried to resuscitate him, authorities said.
Investigators said they believe the fire started in a kitchen area where Gunter was found.