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Body of bound man found after 'suspicious' Queens Village fire: sources

Scene after a deadly Queens fire
Posted at 7:08 AM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 19:19:20-05

QUEENS VILLAGE, Queens — Police said the body of a man was discovered after firefighters put out a suspicious fire in a Queens building under construction early Monday. Sources told PIX11 News that the man's body was "bound."

Police and fire crews responded around 3:15 a.m. to a call of a fire at 103-18 217th Street in Queens Village, the NYPD said.

Upon extinguishing the flames, FDNY personnel found an unidentified man unconscious and unresponsive on the first floor of the building.

EMS responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Locals told PIX11's Katie Corrado they hadn't seen anyone working on the building in weeks.

The FDNY is investigating the fire as suspicious and said the fire marshal will determine the cause of the blaze.

The medical examiner will determine the bound man's cause of death.