Firefighters find body during Beloit fire investigation

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Alison Bradley
Friday, July 28, 2017

BELOIT -- A 41-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to the head after firefighters responded to a residential fire early Thursday morning, officials reported.

The wound appeared to be self-inflicted, and the man died later at a hospital, police said.

"The fire was contained in the basement and appears to be intentionally set with an accelerant found nearby," police said in a news release.

Beloit Fire Department responded to a fire at 2540 Shopiere Road just after 5:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the release.

A passerby had noticed smoke coming from the house and tried to rescue any occupants but was unable to enter because of the smoke, according to the press release.

Firefighters found the fire contained in the basement with smoke filling the first floor.

They searched the house and found the man but no one else in the residence, the release states.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office was scheduled to serve an eviction notice that morning for the same residence, the press release also states.

The man's dog and cats were initially missing but were found later, police said.

The Beloit Police Department is looking to interview a male and female who stopped to help the person who attempted a rescue during the fire. Police are asking that these individuals contact the police department at 608-364-6800.

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