The 16-year-old boy found in a home damaged by fire Tuesday has been identified as Jesse Chamberlain of Bathurst.

Bathurst city police and the fire department arrived at the home on Van Tassel Street at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"We can confirm at this point after meeting the family yesterday, they were brought into the Bathurst police station, and of course you can understand that they're very distraught and saddened at this time," said Deputy Police Chief Ernie Boudreau.

"Jesse Chamberlain, 16 years of age, was a student at BHS. The school has been advised and of course they're making counsellors available to the students and friends."

A couple and three children also lived in the house on Van Tassel Street but were not home at the time of the fire.

"At the time, we believe there was nobody else in the home," said Boudreau.

The most extensive damage to the family home was in the basement, where the victim is believed to have been sleeping.

The investigation by the fire marshal's office is ongoing, and police investigators remain on scene.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but foul pay is not suspected.