A man’s scorched body was found with his hands tied behind his back after firefighters put out a blaze that erupted inside an under-construction Queens home early Monday, police and law enforcement sources said.
Smoke-eaters made the gruesome discovery on the first floor of the two-story colonial home on 217th Street near 104th Avenue in Queens Village once the fire was extinguished around 3:15 a.m., police said.
The victim, whose identity was not immediately released, was found bound and lying face down on the ground with severe burns on his body, sources said.
Emergency responders pronounced the man dead at the scene.
The city medical examiner will determine his cause of death.
Neighbors said the home, which used to house a deli on the ground floor, has been under construction for about a year.
“It’s very creepy,” neighbor Robin Bishop, 55, said of the disturbing incident. “It’s very shocking because I know things happen but not this close to home.”
Bishop noted that the area is a “quiet neighborhood.”