UPDATED 6/26/18 12:53pm: The Lackawanna County Coroner has identified the body found in a house fire early Monday morning as Brett W. Sweeting II, Age 26, Scranton. Authorities are calling the fire arson, Sweeting’s death is still under investigation.
SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Lackawanna County coroner says a man’s body was found inside a home that caught fire this morning on Roosevelt Street in Scranton — and now we know that fire was no accident. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has the latest.
Around 2:00 am Monday morning — Scranton firefighters were called to 52 Roosevelt Street.
As crews arrived on scene — they encountered heavy fire — especially in the garage area of the home.
Heavy fire damage in the basement area and the first floor, smoke damage throughout” said Assistant Chief Jim Floryshak, of the Scranton Fire Department.
When the flames were out — the Lackawanna County coroner was called to the scene.
Crews discovered a man’s body inside the home.
Jon Knowles lives right across the street — and was woken up by the flames.
“I’ve never seen a fire that close so it was kinda scary, kinda intimidating”
Knowles says the home that burned had a “for sale” sign up until recently.
“It had been for sale for a while. I think they rented it out a few times but I guess they had just recently settled and someone had purchased it” Noted Knowles
All day long — Scranton police kept watch on the fire scene.
Detectives came-and-went — some taking evidence from the property.
At this point — police confirm the fire is a case of arson — but won’t say much else.
The 26-year-old fire victim died from carbon monoxide poisoning from breaking in too much smoke.
The exact manner of his death is still pending the ongoing police and fire investigation