Arson? Man Dies in Fire of Home He Was About to Lose to Foreclosure

VELDA CITY • A man who refused to leave a home that was being foreclosed on died in a fire there early Thursday, authorities said.

The Velda City Police Department and the St. Louis County Bomb and Arson Unit are investigating.

Fire officials received a call about 12:20 a.m. of a fire in a one-level brick home in the 6900 block of Woodrow Avenue, according to Velda City Police Chief Daniel Paulino. He said an officer from his department arrived at the scene and was told by neighbors that someone may be inside.

The officer kicked the front door open but the flames and heat were too extreme for him to go inside, Paulino said. Firefighters later found the man inside the burning home.

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