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Body found in close proximity to fire in Northeast Minneapolis

Homicide detectives are investigating the suspicious death.

Minneapolis police are investigating a death after a body was found in close proximity to a fire early Friday morning. 

At 2:36 a.m., Minneapolis Fire Department responded to a small fire on the 1800 block of Central Ave. NE. Firefighters doused the flames inside a building and then found a body "in close proximity." 

Investigators called to the scene ruled the death suspicious, leading to homicide detectives initiating a suspicious death investigation. The Minneapolis Crime Lab processed the scene while detectives and officers spoke with residents in the area. 

The body, believed to be that of a man, will undergo an autopsy at the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office to determine an exact cause of death and provide identification. 

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or file an anonymous tip online through CrimeStoppers. Tips that lead to an arrest may be eligible for a financial reward. 

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