Homicide detectives investigating fatal house fire in Aurora

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York Regional Police say officers are treating a fatal early-morning house fire in Aurora as a homicide.

Police said emergency crews were called to a home on Edward Street shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday for reports of a fire.

When authorities arrived on the scene, police said they found a home that was fully engulfed in flames, and firefighters started working to put it out.

Police said the fire was extinguished after approximately one hour, at which point crews entered the home and found a deceased adult.

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The coroner then attended the scene and deemed the death suspicious, police said.

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Homicide investigators were called in and are now leading the investigation.

The victim, whose body was removed from the home around 10:30 a.m., has not been identified by officials.

Neighbours in the area told Global News a man lived in the home, which was recently up for sale.

“He sold his home and was supposed to move out of this neighbourhood,” said Vassili Kolomatski, who lives a few kilometres away.

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Kolomatski said while he never spoke to the man, he would often see him decorating the front of the home and never noticed anything unusual about him.

“He was quite peaceful,” he said.

It is not known if anyone else lived in the house.

Global News has learned the home was owned by local factory worker Chris Patterson, though it is unclear if he is the victim.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7865 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

The home was reportedly owned by Chris Patterson, seen here. Facebook

– With files from Morganne Campbell

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