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Body found on fire in house on Detroit’s west side

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A burning body that had been shot was discovered early Wednesday in a home on Detroit’s west side.

The body was found shortly after 7:30 a.m. in an upstairs room of a home on the 19100 block of Archdale, said neighbor Alvin Ray, 22.

“I was starting up my car, and I smelled smoke,” said Ray, who lives directly next to the home, with his fiancée and 10-month-old daughter. “I looked up and saw smoke coming out of the upstairs windows.”

Ray said he pulled his car away from the house and dialed 911 at 7:36 a.m. Officials responded within 15 minutes.

“They said there was a body inside,” Ray said of his conversations with police early Wednesday. “The body was on fire.”

Police on the scene confirmed a body was found inside the home. Investigators remained inside the home trying to determine the origin of the flames.

“It appears he was shot,” Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt said. “It appears to be a homicide.”

The owner of the home where the body was found is a man in his late 60s who frequently stopped by to do work around the house, Ray said. No one was renting at the time of the fire.

“I hope it’s not him (inside),” Ray said. “He’s a real good guy.”

Ray said he hadn’t seen the owner since the summer but often saw the man’s Jeep outside more recently. There was no Jeep parked near the home early Wednesday.

Another neighbor said he awoke early Wednesday to flashing lights.

“Just a bunch of smoke and police,” said William Webber, 25. “Fire trucks everywhere, at least three or four.”

“Stuff happens over here a lot, but nothing like this,” Ray said. “I have a daughter. I definitely gotta get out of here.”

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