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Burning body found in Tioga stairwell

Crews made the grisly discovery while extinguishing a fire early this morning.

A burning body was found in a stairwell on the 1500 block of West Allegheny Avenue in Tioga early this morning.

Crews extinguishing flames found the body beneath them shortly before 5:30 a.m., according to investigators. The victim has not yet been identified, and no further information is immediately available.

According to some reports, the body, believed to be that of a man, was bound and shot. But police said this afternoon that the incident has not yet been ruled a homicide pending official results of the victim's cause and manner of death.