UPDATE: Body found in burned-out Kansas home unidentified

By: Associated Press / KAKE News Email
By: Associated Press / KAKE News Email

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SOLOMON, Kan. -- Investigators in north-central Kansas are still trying to identify a body found earlier this week in the ruins of a burned-out home.

The Salina Journal reports that Solomon Fire Chief Randy Paden says an autopsy will be needed to make a positive identification.

The cause of the fire that broke out around 4 a.m. Tuesday is also under investigation.

Neighbors said the house was engulfed in flames as the Solomon volunteer fire department arrived. Firefighters found the body in the wreckage about six hours later.

The neighbors also said the home was occupied by a man in his late 80's. The man had not been accounted for by Thursday afternoon.

Previous story:

One person is dead following a house fire in Solomon.

The fire was reported around 4 a.m. Tuesday when a passerby spotted flames and contacted 911. When firefighters arrived on scene the home was fully involved.

It took crews about two hours to bring the fire under control. A body was recovered from inside of the home.

The victim's name has not been released. Investigators are working to notify the victim's family.

The home is a total loss. The cause is still under investigation.

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