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Man found dead in SE ABQ house fire

Albuquerque Police Department officers and Albuquerque Fire Rescue responded to a house on Abilene SE where a body was found in a house on Tuesday. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Firefighters pulled a man from a detached garage engulfed in flames in the San Jose area on Tuesday afternoon only to discover he was already dead, according to Albuquerque Fire Rescue.

Tom Ruiz, an AFR spokesman, said it is unclear how the man died and the cause of the fire is unknown. He said both are still under investigation.

Officer Daren DeAguero, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said ligature marks were found on the man’s neck and a rope and ladder were found near his body. However, he said “additional evidence” made it hard to rule a suicide and it is still under investigation.

Ruiz said the firefighters responded to a blaze in the 100 block of Abilene SE, a few blocks from Broadway and Avenida Cesar Chavez, around 3:25 p.m. They found the back garage of the home filled with smoke and flames.

He said crews made quick entry and pulled a deceased middle-aged man from inside. Firefighters extinguished the fire within minutes.

A firefighter sustained minor injuries during the operation and had to be taken to the hospital, Ruiz said.

“That firefighter is in stable condition and is expected to return to full duty,” he wrote in an email.

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