Firefighters who were called to put out a blaze at a construction site in Queens, New York, overnight discovered the scorched body of a man with his hands tied behind his back.
The incident took place at around 3.15am Monday when the FDNY received a report about a suspicious fire at 103-18 217th Street in the Queens Village section.
After putting out the flames, firefighters found an unconscious man lying on the first floor of the building.
Paramedics who responded to the house pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
Officials say the man’s hands were restrained behind his back and he sustained severe burns all over his body, reported ABC 7 NY.
The Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
The building where the grisly discovery was made used to house a deli and has been under construction since last summer, but neighbors said work at the site has been at a standstill for the last few weeks.
‘This is shocking for this area,’ next-door neighbor Autumn Bishop told PIX11. ‘I’m scared, I’m scared.’
NYPD crime scene investigators in white Hazmat suits spent the morning gathering evidence at the scene and photographing the property from all sides.
So far, the victim has not been named and no arrests have been made.
The FDNY fire marshal is investigating the fire as suspicious.