Body Found in Burning Apartment ID'd

The Lehigh County Coroner's office releases the identity of a man found inside a burning apartment this morning

By Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, May 23, 2013  |  Updated 4:11 PM EDT
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It's a mystery how a man died after his body was found by firefighters battling a blaze in an Allentown apartment building. NBC10's Tim Furlong reports.

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It's a mystery how a man died after his body was found by firefighters battling a blaze in an Allentown apartment building. NBC10's Tim Furlong reports.

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Firefighters battling an area apartment building blaze this morning made a grisly discovery.

Firefighters on the scene of the Allentown, Pa. apartment blaze told NBC10 that they found a man's body on the floor of a top story unit but that the body appeared to not be related to the fire.

The Lehigh County Coroner's office identifies the man as 46-year-old Richard Chaparro.

A toxicology test is pending, before authorities can determine how he died. Allentown Police and the Allentown Fire Department are both helping with the investigation.

A passerby saw the fire around 3:30 a.m. at a standalone building along the 2400 block of S 4th Street (by Ester Street) and called 911.

Firefighters said that there wasn't much of a fire by the time they got into the top of the building. And, that when they got into the top unit they found Chaparro's body in what appeared to be a total coincidence.

More than three hours after the blaze began, firefighters remained on the scene knocking down some hot spots.

Police were investigating the blaze. A preliminary investigation showed that the fire appeared to have started in a ceiling fan and spread to to the roof. The roof of the structure appeared to be nearly gone.

 


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