UPDATE: Officials say 1 dead in South Bend house fire, blaze called 'suspicious'


A man was found dead inside a burning home in South Bend Saturday morning.

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 6 a.m. in the 5500 block of Miami Road.

When they arrived, crews found an active fire and heavy smoke coming from the southwest corner bedroom.

Flames could be seen going through the roof of the home, which collapsed, making entry difficult for firefighters.

The blaze was put out and a man's body was later found inside the house. Officials say no one else was inside.

When asked if foul play was suspected in the blaze, a Battalion Chief with the South Bend Fire Department told WSBT the fire has been classified as "suspicious."

The Hazmat team was also on scene, but officials says they are there as a precaution, because the inside of the home was not very clean.

The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation. The name of the victim has not been released until family can be notified.

Jessica Nguyen lives next door and was sleeping until she heard sirens.

She says, "I opened my window and I see a fire truck and ambulance and stuff. Then, I opened the other door or window and I see a fire and I called my family and said fire fire. So, we had to run out of the house."

Many people say the man who died was reclusive and kept to himself.

Nguyen didn't know him very well but she used to say hello and ask him how he was doing when she did see him.

She says, "I think he's a very nice man. I see him walking a lot from here to the groceries."

Stay with WSBT as we continue to follow this developing story.