PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities investigating a house fire in Port Charlotte found a body in the garage.
Charlotte County Sheriff's officials say they received a call from the woman who lives at the home early Tuesday. She told them a man she knows had broken into her home and threatened her, but she managed to get away. She called 911 from a neighbor's house.
Arriving deputies found smoke and flames coming from the house. Firefighters put out the fire. The State Fire Marshal's Office began investigating the fire, while deputies checked out the burglary and assault charges.
Officials found the body of a man in the garage. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.
No further details were immediately available.