BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) – UPDATE: The Bristol Virginia Police Department and Fire Department are conducting a joint investigation after a man was found dead inside a burned home Monday morning.
According to Detective Sergeant Steve Crawford of BVPD, an unidentified man was found inside a house in the 1100 block of Vermont Avenue after crews responded to a fire there.
Crews were called to the scene of the fire just before 1:39 a.m., according to a release from the City of Bristol, Virginia.
The release says the house was fully engulfed when crews arrived and had begun melting the siding of a second house nearby.
Firefighters were able to eventually enter the house after using a chainsaw to cut an opening on the left side of the house. The body was found after firefighters entered the home through the opening.
No one else was found during additional searches of the home.
The man’s body has been sent to a medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for an autopsy.
Results of the autopsy are currently pending and an update is expected on Tuesday.
As of Monday afternoon, the cause of the fire is being declared “undetermined,” according to the city.
The room of origin of the fire has been identified.
Crawford said the deceased was not one of the owners of the property.
A crew from Bristol, Tennessee also assisted at the scene of the fire, according to the release.