A burned body was discovered by authorities who responded to a brush fire near a homeless encampment in Anaheim.
Police had initially detained a transient who was at the scene, but investigators now suspect the blaze was accidentally set by candles, said Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer.
Police spotted the flames about 11 p.m. Tuesday near a motel on Tustin Avenue near the westbound Riverside (91) Freeway and called Anaheim Fire & Rescue, Carringer said.
Once the fire was extinguished, the body of a man was discovered, police said.
The transient who had been detained “had nothing to do with the fire,” Carringer said. He was a neighbor of sorts camping out nearby, the sergeant added.
“We’re still working to confirm this but at this time it does not appear to be criminal and appears to be an accidental death,” Carringer said.
The name of the victim and his cause of death were not immediately available.
The body was badly burned so it will take some time to confirm his identity, Carringer said.
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