DETROIT (WWJ) – Authorities in Detroit are investigating an apparent homicide after a man was found “burned beyond recognition” on the city’s east side.

The incident unfolded early Tuesday morning when fire crews were called to extinguish a blaze at a vacant apartment building on Whittier near I-94.

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After putting out the flames, firefighters discovered a man’s body in the basement. Officials say he was horribly burned and they’re not yet sure of his identity. A cause of death wasn’t immediately clear.

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An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 313-267-4600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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