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RCMP investigate suspicious death after Moncton house fire

Police and fire officials are investigating a suspicious death after being called to a fire on Sumac Street in Moncton early on Thursday morning.

Man found dead in middle unit of triplex on Sumac Street

Fire and police investigators are on the scene of a fatal fire at 96 Sumac Street in Moncton on Thursday. (Vanessa Blanch/CBC)

Police and fire officials are investigating a suspicious death after being called to a fire on Sumac Street in Moncton early on Thursday morning.

"The RCMP Major Crime Unit is investigating the suspicious death of a man following a house fire on December 17, 2015, in Moncton," according to the RCMP news release.

The Moncton Fire Department was called to the fire in a triplex at 96 Sumac Street at about 4 a.m.

Fire Chief Eric Arsenault says firefighters were able to contain the fire to one unit and extinguish it quickly.
Moncton firefighters responded to the fire at 4 a.m. on Thursday. The windows in the middle unit of the triplex are all broken and members of the RCMP forensic investigation unit and the fire marshal are on the scene. (Vanessa Blanch/CBC)

"Unfortunately we did discover a fatality in the unit," said Arsenault.

The two other units in the building were not damaged and no one has been displaced.

Investigators from the fire department, the fire marshal and Codiac RCMP remain on scene.

The three-unit building on the corner of Sumac and Drummond Streets is surrounded by police tape with several police and fire vehicles on the scene, including the RCMP forensic identification unit.

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