First-responders to a house fire in Sandusky found a body in the basement Tuesday evening and both the death and the fire are being investigated as suspicious by state authorities.
The deceased is an adult who lived at the home at 2201 Campbell St., according to Sandusky Police Lt. Robert Vanscoy.
This morning, Sandusky officials identified the victim: George Martin, 86. He lived at the home with his wife, who arrived at the scene after the fire had started and told firefighters he might still be in there.
While investigating the fire, and upon closer examination, Martin was observed to have what appeared to be multiple stab wounds to his body, Sandusky officials said in a press release today. Several agencies are working together with this investigation.
Sandusky firefighters were called to the blaze just before 8:30 p.m.
On arrival, they found the two-story, wood-frame, single-family home engulfed in flames. With the help of Perkins Township Fire Department, the fire was knocked down by about 9 p.m.
By midnight, local authorities had turned the investigation over to the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
The Erie County coroner ordered an autopsy and the body was being transported to the Lucas County coroner's office overnight for the autopsy, Lieutenant Vanscoy said.
The house, which is in a residential and commercial area, is still standing. The lieutenant said he did not have a damage estimate.
Sandusky police are investigating the death as a homicide.
Anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for Martin's death is asked to contact the Sandusky Police Department's Detective Bureau at (419) 627-5877.
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