Man Burns to Death in Heights-Area Shed As Neighbors Try to Dial 911

A man living in a shed south of the Heights died in a fire this morning even as neighbors frantically dialed 911 after hearing his screams, Houston police say.

The victim's identity is being withheld pending an autopsy on the cause of death, HPD says.

Neighbors say the man had moved into the abandoned shed in the 300 block of East 2nd Street about eight months ago and lived there alone.

This morning at about 12:50 a.m., they reported hearing screams for help. "Neighbors then saw smoke and fire and attempted to rescue the man, but were unsuccessful," police say. "After HFD firefighters extinguished the fire, the victim was found deceased inside the shed."

There were no signs of foul play; neighbors did note the man was a heavy smoker.

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