CARMICHAEL (CBS13) – The death of a man found badly injured in a Fair Oaks residence on Thursday is being investigated as a homicide.

On June 27 around midnight, Sacramento Metro Fire crews were called out to the 7200 block of Palm Avenue. There, firefighters found a man in his 50s with what they say were obvious signs of trauma. He was then transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to  Sacramento Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Tess Deterding.

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Before the fire started, neighbors say they didn’t notice any activity at the home.

“We thought the house was vacant until the firefighters got her and, of course, the ambulance pulled out a body,” said Shirley Cintron, a nearby resident.

Neighbors, who wanted to remain anonymous, say the home was a rental and had been vacant for months.

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Investigators are trying to determine who lived in the home and for how long. Deterding says there have been some leads.

“There has been some progress made — at this point, I’m keeping that information very close to the vest in order to not damage or corrupt any ongoing investigation that they have at this time,” she said.

It is a little concerning. You worry about your safety and the safety of others around you.

The fire is being investigated as arson by Sacramento Metro Fire Department.

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