The home where the body was found in the 100 block of S. 33rd Street
Debris removed from the home by firefighters sits in the backyard.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The death of a man found after an overnight fire at his home in the Shawnee neighborhood is being investigated as a homicide.
According to Alicia Smiley, a Louisville Metro Police spokesperson, authorities were alerted to the fire around 2:20 a.m. by a 911 call from a passing motorist who smelled heavy smoke in the area. Shortly after, LMPD officers and Louisville firefighters found a burning home in the 100 block of South 33rd Street.
After the fire was extinguished, the body of an elderly man was found inside the home. Deputy coroner JoAnn Farmer has identified the victim as Houston McCorkle, 70. Farmer would not release the cause of McCorkle's death because of the ongoing police investigation.
Smiley said the condition of the victim indicated that foul play was involved in his death. LMPD homicide detectives and Metro arson investigators are conducting a joint investigation.
Smiley said there are no suspects and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information can call the LMPD Crime Tip Line at 574-LMPD (5673). All calls are anonymous.