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Man dies in Quincy fire

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 3, 2014 05:22 PM

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Quincy Police are investigating the death of a man found burned to death early Sunday morning.

According to Norfolk District Attorney spokesman David Traub, a Boston Globe delivery truck was pulling into the Hannaford off Hancock Street in Quincy when the driver saw the fire.

Police said the call came in around 3 a.m. as an alleged brush fire. While fire crews were putting out the fire, they saw a body, police said.

Traub said the remains were of an adult male who's age is unknown. Investigators believe the man was from out of state, but have not yet confirmed his identity.

Traub said materials and objects found at the scene made it appear as if a person was living in the area. Some containers found were consistent with sterno candles, which are usually used for cooking and could have been used for heat.

An autopsy performed on Sunday found thermal injuries on the victim but nothing suspicious. Traub said the cause of death remains undetermined and is pending additional testing.

Quincy Police Captain John Dougan said investigators believe the man may have caught fire while he was trying to keep himself warm.

The case is still under investigation, police said.

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