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Nanaimo RCMP are investigating the discovery of a body found in a south end home that was destroyed by fire Thursday evening.

The fire was reported at around 5 p.m. on August 11th at a home on Athletic Street.

City of Nanaimo fire crews were first on scene after black smoke was reported billowing from windows in the home.

The fire was contained to the residence and within forty minutes, the blaze was extinguished.

Fire crews then entered the home and located a deceased adult male.

The discovery of the body is deemed suspicious and has been turned over to the Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Section for investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

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