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