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RCMP probe suspicious fire, discovery of body in Moncton

RCMP are fire officials are investigating a suspicious house fire in Moncton Monday morning and the discovery of a man's body nearby.

Woman escaped from home, man found in nearby out building

RCMP and fire officials are investigating a suspicious house fire that occurred in Moncton early Monday morning.

A woman who was in the home on Isaiah Road managed to escape unharmed, say police.

The body of a 64-year-old man was discovered in an out building, a short distance away from the home.

Investigators believe the man may have been involved in setting the fire, Cpl. Christa Mitchell stated in a release.

Foul play is not suspected in his death, Mitchell said. The out building was locked from the inside, she said.

Emergency crews were called to the fire shortly before 3 a.m. When they arrived, smoke was coming from the basement.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control quickly and the house sustained minimal smoke damage, officials said.

At this point, there is no evidence to suggest the fire is related to two fires over the weekend in a rural area west of the city called The Glades, said Mitchell.

Those fires, also suspected cases of arson, remain under investigation, she said.

Fire crews responded early Saturday morning to one fire at a vacant home on Sanitorium Road, about 40 kilometres west of Moncton, when they discovered another home on fire about five kilometres away.

Neither building was occupied.