Man Found Dead in Brooklyn Building Fire was Strangled before Blaze Began

NY Daily News - November 04, 2017


A 66-year-old man found dead in a Brooklyn fire was strangled before the blaze started, police announced Friday.

Firefighters found Alvin Thomas dead in two feet of water in the basement of the building on Chauncey St. near Saratoga Ave. in Bushwick about 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30. The two-family home was unoccupied and undergoing renovations, cops said.

Thomas was found dressed only in his boxer shorts laying on his side. His burned body was bound and an electrical wire was wrapped around his neck, sources said Friday.

An autopsy later revealed that he died of ligature strangulation and a subdural hematoma.

Someone deliberately set the fire using gasoline as an accelerant, the FDNY Fire Marshal’s office told police. There are no arrests.