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Police: Burned Body, Gas Can Found In Vacant Detroit Home

July 11, 2018 - 12:41 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Authorities are investigating after a body was found in a vacant, burned out house on Detroit's northwest side. 

According to Deputy Detroit Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell, a 911 call came in at around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, about "a medical emergency" at a home on Fenmore Street near 8 Mile Rd. and the Southfield Freeway. 

That's where EMS found the unidentified victim -- described as black male, around 30 years old -- dead on the floor.

The man had burns to his arms and legs, according to investigators, and a gas can was found near the body. 

Fornell l told WWJ's Sandra McNeill that many questions remain, as investigators have no information about any suspects, and no witnesses.

It's unclear who made the initial call, he explained, and no one was around when authorities arrived. 

"Right now the investigation is continuing, and it's both a joint fire and police investigation," Fornell said. "We don't know exactly how the man died it could turn into a homicide investigation, it could've been accidental, but at this particular point it's under investigation."

Anyone who knows anything about the victim or this crime is asked to call Detroit police at 313-267-4600.