UPDATE: Police investigating homicide after victim found inside burning B’ham house

Coroner says the victim suffered gunshot wounds
Published: May. 22, 2023 at 7:47 PM CDT|Updated: May. 24, 2023 at 12:27 AM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: The Birmingham Police Department is now investigating this death as a homicide.

Police say an autopsy confirmed that the victim suffered gunshot wounds.

ORIGINAL: Police are investigating a house fire fatality as ‘suspicious activity’ after they say someone died in a house fire Monday evening in Birmingham.

Just before 7 p.m., the Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service was called to the area around the 2400 block of 40th Avenue North/the 4000 block of Old Lewisburg Road to battle a house fire.

After firefighters arrived and put out the fire, they found a victim inside the residence who was unresponsive.

Crews pronounced the victim, who has not yet been identified, dead at the scene.

Birmingham Police Department homicide detectives were called to the scene to investigate. We’re told they are investigating the death as ‘suspicious activity.’

The coroner was called to take the victim so an autopsy can be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

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