Firefighters discover man's body while fighting brush fire in Lincoln

A man's body was found at the scene of brush fire in Lincoln, police said Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. (WJAR)

Lincoln police said Monday that a man's body was found at the scene of brush fire.

Police said Limerock firefighters were called to a vacant lot on Lincoln Meadows Drive at about 10 p.m. Sunday. The body, which authorities said was “badly charred and burned,” was discovered just before midnight.

Capt. Philip Gould said the remains were found about 100 yards from the road near an upscale housing development.

"We’ve been working with the Rhode Island State Police crime lab and their BCI Division, along with Rhode Island fire marshals, and we’re investigating a crime scene," Gould said. "This is a very nice neighborhood in Lincoln. For the most part it's a very, very, nice town. We don't have crimes like this. The manner of the body, the location of the body, definitely raised some eyebrows."

Authorities have not identified the remains nor the circumstances surrounding the cause of death. They also noted that it wasn't immediately clear how long the man had been dead.

“At this point, we cannot confirm any other information or discuss any crime scene details,” police noted.

Investigators said the fire broke out an hour after a reported shooting at a home on Gordon Avenue in Providence. While police found blood and evidence of a crime, they were unable to locate a victim or suspect.

"We were told that the shooting could have been fatal,” Maj. David Lapatin of the Providence Police Department said. "There was some blood. There was no victim to be found, no assailant."

The NBC 10 I-Team reported that a car towed from Glenwood Avenue in Pawtucket is also part of the investigation.

Police in all three communities are looking for a possible connection.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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