DETROIT -

Firefighters were called to a home on Detroit's west side to put out a fire Monday night.

Tuesday morning a neighbor found a body inside the home.

"They went in and put out the fire and left unbeknownst to them there was a body inside the house," said Detroit Police Commander Steve Dolunt.

Just how did firefighters put out a fire at this home in the 6,300 block of Minnock Street and not see a body inside is mind boggling to many in the neighborhood.
"That's what I can't figure out. The fire department said they didn't see the body," said neighbor Larry McDuffy.

McDuffy spotted the 44-year-old man's body through a window in the front of the home just before 8 a.m.--almost eight hours after firefighters left the scene.

The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. Monday.

"When I looked in the room he was in the closet in a fetal position dead," said McDuffy.

Local 4 was told the man found dead was in the process of rehabbing the house. In the morning his family gathered outside the home, some in tears, screaming as investigators searched the home for evidence to see if the body could have been dumped after the fire.

But sources say the preliminary evidence shows the victim died as a result of the fire.

The Detroit Fire Department is not commenting on the matter for now. There is no word yet on what caused the fire.

Arson investigators are trying to figure that out.