State Police, Lancaster Barracks, are investigating a fire and death that occurred at 742 Mt. Vernon Road, Cabin No. 1, Salisbury Township.On Saturday, Dec. 6, a house fire was reported to Lancaster County 911 Center at 4:46 p.m. Gap Fire Company responded and during their attempts to extinguish the fire, firefighters observed a deceased body within the residence.

The identity of the fire victim, a white male, is being withheld pending confirmation from medical records.

The State Police Deputy Fire Marshal Trooper John Clifford responded to the scene along with Trooper Michele Smith, Lancaster PSP, Lancaster Station Criminal Investigation Unit.

The origin and cause of the fire remains under investigation as of this date, police said.

The Lancaster County Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy Dec. 9 on the fire victim and found injuries consistent with a gunshot wound.

Positive identification of the victim is not confirmed as of this date, however, investigators have been in contact with the presumed victim's next of kin.

Due to developments in the investigation, investigators are re-examining the residence. Due to projected weather forecasts of significant rainfall, efforts are underway to protect the residence from the weather.

In addition, investigators are conduction interviews with the presumed victim's employer, coworkers, family, and others who may be able to provide information relevant to this investigation. The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office's 1st Assistant District Attorney Chris Larsen, is assisting with the investigation.

The Pennsylvania State Police is asking anyone who has any information pertaining to this investigation or anyone who was on Mt. Vernon Road just prior to, during, or immediately after the fire was discovered to contact investigators at the Troop J. Tip Line, (717) 391-6944.

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