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Body found after fire in 'makeshift' structure in Salmon Arm: RCMP

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March 05, 2020 - 3:30 PM

An investigation is underway after RCMP say the body of a man was found in a "makeshift" structure after a fire early this morning.

Shortly after 5 a.m. this morning, March 5, emergency crews responded to reports of a structure on fire in the 1700 block of 10 Avenue Southwest in Salmon Arm, according to an RCMP media release.

Police say first responders arrived to find the makeshift structure fully engulfed in flames.

Witnesses told police they heard explosions during the blaze. RCMP say the explosions were likely caused by propane tanks and fuel containers inside the structure.

"The body of a deceased male was discovered inside the structure by fire crews," Salmon Arm RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott West says in the release. "At this time criminality is not suspected in the man’s sudden death. Our next steps will be to obtain a positive identification and notify his next of kin."

The RCMP and the BC Coroners Service is investigating.

Police say for privacy reasons under the Coroners Act, the victim's name is not being released at this time.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832-6044.

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