By Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a homeless person has burned to death after a small heater exploded inside a tent in Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch (bit.ly/1fsHiec) reports that firefighters found the body around 9 p.m. Wednesday after responding to a report of an explosion not far from the Interstate 670 overpass in the city’s Italian Village neighborhood. Some homeless people camp in a wooded area there.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Rich Richardson says the victim was using a type of propane canister to keep warm in the 19-degree weather. He says it appears that a man was killed but the body was so badly burned authorities are unsure of the gender.

The coordinator of an outreach center is trying to help identify the victim.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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