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Body found burned inside Oklahoma City bookstore had trauma that appears to have been caused prior to fire

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Police Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation into a man's body found inside a burned bookstore.

Firefighters responded to a fire at 30 Penn Books on the corner of N.W. 30th Street and N. Pennsylvania Avenue a little after 4 p.m. on Thursday.

"When our crews arrived, there was a significant amount of brown smoke coming from the structure," said Oklahoma City Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Walker.

He said the store was likely closed because every door was locked.

"We had to force entry to get inside the structure," Walker said.

He said the fire was about 20 feet from the front door in the main part of the store.

Firefighters quickly put it out.

"Once we started doing our salvage and overhaul, we did a secondary search, what we normally do," Walker said. "It was at that time we found one deceased adult male."

Man's body found burned inside bookstore

The victim's body was found under a pile of books.

Investigators say the fire was intentionally set.

Oklahoma City investigators say the man's body had signs of trauma which appeared to be caused prior to the fire.

The Oklahoma City Police Homicide Unit is investigating the death.

Man's body found burned inside bookstore

Authorities have not released the man's identity at this time.

The fire caused an estimated $25,000 damage to the structure and another $10,000 loss of contents.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Tip-Line at (405)297-1200.

Man's body found burned inside bookstore