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Man found dead in Brooklyn brush fire off Belt Parkway

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Firefighters and police officers found a man dead and burned at the site of a Brooklyn brush fire early on Sunday morning.

Members of the NYPD Aviation Unit first came upon the fire along the Belt Parkway near the Flatbush Avenue exit in Marine Park at about 12:21 a.m. on May 1 and called for assistance.

Responding FDNY units and officers from the 63rd Precinct discovered an encampment at the location ablaze. 

Upon putting the fire out, authorities said, the first responders found a man unconscious and unresponsive, with burns to his body. 

EMS pronounced the man dead at the scene. Police did not provide his identity.

Sources familiar with the case indicated that the victim was believed to have been alone at the location, and may have been cooking food when the fire broke out. There were no apparent signs of criminality.

The victim’s body was transferred to the Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The investigation remains ongoing, police said.

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