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UPDATE: KPD says man found dead broke into building

2:33 PM, Dec 29, 2012   |    comments
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UPDATED STORY:

Knoxville Police said officers believe the man who was found dead inside of the burning building early Saturday morning had broken into the shutdown convenience store.

Officers said they are conducting a criminal investigation, while the officials with the Knoxville Fire Department said arson investigators are continuing to look into details of the fire at the former Bi-Lo market.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Knoxville firefighters and Police say a body has been found inside a burning building after a fire broke out early Saturday morning.

Dispatchers received the call out to 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Arriving firefighters say flames were coming from the ceiling of the building.

Firefighters spent about 45 minutes putting out the flames, and upon a second search of the building, found the body of a man inside.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire and the cause of the man's death.

The brick building is site of the Bi-Lo Market that was shut down over the summer due to a nuisance charges. The former convenience store has since been boarded up and "No Trespassing" signs have been posted.

Stay with WBIR.com for the latest on this story.

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