Fire victim identified; police seek next of kin

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are seeking the public’s help in finding the family of a man found dead while firefighters battled a blaze inside his home.

Thomas Castellucci, 91, was found after crews responded to his Knotty Oak Road home just before 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to police.

The residence was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. They attempted to get inside to see if there were any occupants, but the intense flames and heat kept them from doing so, police told us.

Once crews were able to knock down the fire and enter the home they found the deceased victim in the rear of the home.

Coventry police are now working to locate next of kin. Anyone with information is asked to call 826-1100.

The cause of the fire is not believed to be suspicious, but remains under investigation.

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