AMERICAN FORK — Police are trying to unravel the death of a man who was found Monday in the backyard of a burning home in American Fork with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Firefighters were responding to a call involving a burning house at 159 W. Main Street when they noticed a man "with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound," American Fork Fire battalion chief Doug Bateman said. Getting the man help became the main priority of responders, who then tackled the fire.
The man, whose name was not released, did not survive his injuries.
"There are some interesting facts on the inside of the building — burn patterns, things like that," Bateman said. "I really don't know what the circumstances are."
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
"We did have one individual who appears to have passed away from a gunshot wound, self inflicted," Lt. Darren Falsev of the American Fork Police Department said.
Marci Turley, who lives near the home, said she woke up to find the home on fire.
"The roof was smoking and it started crackling so we called 911 and it just progressed from there," she said. There was a car in the driveway of the home. "We wanted to see if there was anybody in there, but it was too dangerous at that point."
She said she did not know who lived in the home but believed it was an older gentleman.
Contributing: Jeff Finley