Body found in fire; police investigating as homicide
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---One person is dead after a fire overnight in the Shawnee neighborhood, and police are investigating it as a homicide.
The coroner's office says 70-year-old Houston McCorkle was the man found dead inside a home on South 33rd Street. Police say that it appears foul play was involved.
The fire happened around 2:20 Sunday morning in the 100 block of South 33rd Street. The initial call came in from a passing motorist who said they smelled smoke in the area. WDRB spoke with neighbors living on Market Street who said the stench of smoke was heavy. "There was a big cloud of smoke," said neighbor Edward Johnson. "The whole house was almost like collapsing in the back, and I saw the fire department running through the house."
Major Henry Ott with Louisville Metro Arson tells WDRB that they found the body as they were extinguishing the fire.
"There were about six fire trucks out here, along with ambulances, and police everywhere. Then they started putting up the yellow tape and blocked off the entire block," says a nearby neighbor. She watched the scene from her front porch.
Police say that McCorkle lived in the home alone. His body was found in the front of the house but authorities have declined to specify the exact location.
Neighbors describe the man as nothing short of friendly. Sasha Richmond had just moved to town when she met him. "He came over and asked me and my sister what our names were and welcomed us to the neighborhood. I remember he said he had a big collection of movies and invited us over to get some anytime. He was really nice."
Homicide and Arson were both notified and are conducting a joint investigation.
The coroner says a cause of death is not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
There have been no arrests and no other details are available.
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