British Columbia

Man's body found after van fire in New Westminster

A man's body was discovered in New Westminster, B.C., after firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire on Wednesday night.

New Westminster Police Department's Major Crime Unit is heading up the investigation

Police stand by as a Chevrolet Astro van with a man's body inside is loaded onto a flat-deck tow truck to be taken to a secure location, Wednesday night. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

A man's body was discovered in New Westminster, B.C., after firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire Wednesday night.

The fire began a little before 7 p.m., near the intersection of 4th Avenue and 10th Street.

New Westminster police were called to assist firefighters, as they worked to put out the burning Chevrolet Astro van.

Once the flames were doused, a body was found inside the van, according to police.

Officials have not released any information regarding the cause of death, and it's unclear if the man died as a result of the fire, or in some other way.

The NWPD Major Crime Unit is heading up the investigation, and it appears the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is not involved.

The coroner was on scene, late Wednesday night, as a tow truck came to pick up the charred van, which was fully covered by a blue tarp.

The van was taken to a secure location with the body inside, so the coroner could begin his examination.

As of Wednesday night, the coroner had not confirmed the man's identity. 

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