Update Aug. 23 3:50 p.m.: St. Petersburg Police have identified the man found dead in a burning home this morning as Bruce Robert Meredith, 61.
Detectives say Meredith started a fire in his home and then shot himself with a handgun.
A final cause of death ruling is pending input from the medical examiner's office.
St. Petersburg Police Department detectives are
investigating the death of a man found in a 23rd Street North home
Friday morning after a fire broke out at the address.
The man’s death is being labeled “suspicious” at this time, according to an email from the police department.
The fire that sent authorities to the 8074 23rd St. N. home Aug. 23 started before 7 a.m. When firefighters entered the home, they found the man in an unresponsive condition. Once outside, it was discovered the man had died and “had apparent injuries inconsistent with a fire-related death,” the email said.
Homicide detectives have taken over the case, but preliminary indications are that the death may have been self-inflicted.
Authorities are not releasing the man’s name at this time.
Stay with Patch for updates as they become available.