UPDATE: 73-year-old man killed in east side fire identified

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- IMPD detectives are now investigating an early morning fire on the east side of Indianapolis that left one man dead as a homicide.

A preliminary police report showed charged of murder, arson and burglary. Detectives on the scene told us the fire was extremely suspicious and that there was more than one point of ignition.

Shortly after 12:50 a.m., crews arrived to the 9400 block of Barr Drive, on reports of an alarm.

The alarm was quickly upgraded to a working residence fire, as neighbors saw flames coming out of the house.

"My family woke me about 1 o'clock saying this house is on fire," said Williams Sanders who lives next door. "The flames, it got bad in this one room right here."

Crews were able to contain the fire pretty quickly, but found a man in his 70s inside.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. On Monday, he was identified as Stephen Brockmann, 73.

"It messed me up when I was looking and I seen them when they brought his body out," said Sanders.

Rita Reith, the fire chief for Indianapolis Fire Department, says Brockmann lived there alone.

Steve Wendt lives a few streets away and said he'd talk to the man every now and then.

"Just kind of a quiet, gentle old man. Him and I shared a passion for woodworking," he said.

Investigators are looking into the possibility this fire was intentionally set. Brockmann's cause of death was ruled as a probable homicide.



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