Police and fire officials are investigating a blaze that broke out in the basement of an East Boston home after a person was found dead inside.


It was not immediately clear how the person, initially believed to be a man, died and detectives were on the scene yesterday afternoon.


The small fire broke out just before 8 a.m. inside the two-story Saratoga Street home.
Two families live on the first and second floors of the home. They got out safely and waited inside minivans parked on the street while authorities investigated.


The person was found with a slashed throat and was bound with duct tape, according to WHDH.

Raul Valle said he tried to bang on the basement apartment door to alert the tenant, but when he felt the handle it was too hot.

Valle said he didn’t know the man’s name inside and that there was no trouble from inside the apartment.

He said he did hear voices from the apartment the night before the fire.