Man, 59, dead in fire behind abandoned house

Local, state investigators trying to determine what happened

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was found dead with severe burns Wednesday morning in a detached garage next to an abandoned home on West 21st Street near Myrtle Avenue, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police later identified the man as 59-year-old Bruce Angelo Carson.

After Jacksonville Fire-Rescue put out the fire about 9:45 a.m., police homicide detectives and crime scene technicians were called to the home. Just before noon, an arson investigator with an arson dog and the medical examiner arrived.

Police said the man was found dead with burns all over his body. Detectives said there were indications from how the victim was found that he was trying to leave the garage.

There was no initial indication of foul play.

The state fire marshal was called to the scene to conduct its own investigation.

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