Investigation underway after man found dead inside Markham home that caught fire

Yellow police tape now surrounds a turn-of-the-century house in Markham where a man, believed to be in his 60s, was found dead following a fire Monday afternoon.

The fire broke out at 7355 Reesor Rd., just north of Steeles Avenue East.

Speaking from the scene, Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Keay said firefighters were called to the residence shortly after 3 p.m. after receiving reports that someone had attempted to enter and “found some smoke, heard some alarms and felt hot from (the second floor”. and I called 911.”

He added that the exact identity of that individual remains under investigation at this time.

“Upon our team’s arrival, they found smoke coming from the front and side windows of the home. “They made a quick attack because they heard that there was possibly someone inside the house (and) they advanced with hoses quickly to the second floor, where they found zero visibility and a lot of heat, as well as a heavy load of fire,” Keay said, adding that the Firefighters located Shortly after, the body of a man believed to be in his 60s was found.

The Toronto Fire Service was also called to assist the local department as two major fires were burning in the Markham area at the same time.

“I would like to thank the Toronto firefighters for supporting us. They helped us with the supply of rural wire. “This is an area without hydration, so tankers were needed and were on standby in case we needed a rapid intervention team,” Keay said.

“Great work from the Markham fire and also great assistance from Toronto.”

Police are working to identify the victim and notify his next of kin.

Sergeant. Andy Pattenden with York Regional Police said they were also called to the area shortly after 3 p.m.

At the scene, officers found a house engulfed in flames that firefighters were trying to put out, he said.

Speaking to the media Monday night, Pattenden said two adults were able to flee the residence “unharmed,” but a third adult, a man, was unable to escape and was found dead inside the home. Police said the discovery was made once the fire was brought under control.

“This investigation is ongoing. Our officers are here,” he said, noting that the scene is now under control and police are working with firefighters to determine if any crime is involved in the man’s death.

For now, work is being done to identify the victim and notify next of kin, he said.

Police will also investigate the circumstances of what happened, they said in a news release.

Keay, of the Markham fire, said it’s unclear if there were working smoke alarms in the home.

He added that the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Markham Fire and Emergency Services along with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office are also investigating.

“(This fire) will be thoroughly investigated,” Keay said, adding that his “thoughts are with this individual and his family.”

A man believed to be in his 60s died following a house fire in Markham on April 1.

Anyone with information about this fatal fire is asked to contact the YRP Fifth District Criminal Investigations Office at 1-866-976-5423, ext. 7541, or Crime Stoppers anonymously.


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