Police said yesterday that they found the charred remains of a man inside a home that caught fire in Sunlight Village off East Street.
Chief Superintendent Walter Evans, officer-in-charge of Fire Services, said police were called to the scene of the fire shortly after 11 a.m.
He said firefighters found the body at the rear of the home, which sustained extensive damage.
“It was burned beyond recognition, but it appears to be that of a male,” Evans said.
“An autopsy has to be performed to confirm the cause of death in this instance today.”
Evans said police are uncertain whether the victim was a resident of the home.
Neighbors said the owner of the home is a surrey driver. A charred surrey was outside of the home.
Evans said firefighters responded to the fire within three minutes of receiving the call.
“…Units had arrived and they met heavy flames coming from the top rear section of a single-story structure,” he said.
“Officers vigorously attacked the fire and upon the extinguishment, suppression officers found what appeared to be lifeless human remains at the rear of the structure.
“At this stage, this has been classified as a death investigation, and officers from the Police Fire Services along with officers from the Central Detective Unit are collectively conducting [an] investigation into this incident.”
It is unclear what caused the fire, Evans said.
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