Person found dead in basement after fire in Southwest Baltimore

April 27, 2011|By Yeganeh June Torbati and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A body found smoldering in the basement of a vacant Southwest Baltimore home may have been intentionally set on fire, police and fire officials said.

Firefighters were called at about 9:40 a.m. to a home in the first block of S. Monroe St. in the Booth-Boyd neighborhood on Wednesday, officials said. Upon arriving, firefighters found "no visible fire, just very very light smoke" and the individual was pronounced dead at the scene, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a fire department spokesman.

"How the body was burned, we don't know at this point," said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman.

Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman, said the fire appeared to be suspicious and arson detectives were trying to determine if it was deliberately set. "We're waiting for arson's finding as to how the fire started," Monroe said. Investigators were working to determine the person's identity but said the body was male, Monroe said.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy to determine a cause of death, Cartwright said. No other injuries were reported.

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