ANAHEIM (CBSLA) – Firefighters responding to a brush fire at a homeless encampment in Anaheim discovered a burned body late Tuesday night.
The discovery was made at around 11 p.m. behind an Extended Stay motel near the 91 Freeway and Tustin Avenue, close to the Santa Ana River.READ MORE: California's Mask Mandate May Also End On June 15
According to Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer, officers noticed the fire burning near the motel and called in Anaheim Fire & Rescue crews.READ MORE: LA Begins Process To Make Al Fresco Outdoor Dining Program Permanent
As firefighters were extinguishing the blaze, they discovered the body of a man in the burn area, Carringer said. He was not immediately identified.
Officers initially detained a person at the scene. However, investigators believe the death was likely an accident caused by a candle, Carringer later said. Investigators believe the victim may have lit a candle before falling asleep, which sparked a fire to his makeshift bed.MORE NEWS: Pedestrian Killed After Being Struck By Subway Train In Westlake District
No one else was hurt and there were no buildings were damaged.