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Police identify man found dead in attic after Catonsville house fire

Police have identified a man who was found dead Monday night in the attic of a Catonsville house after a fire.

The last known address for Francisco J. Cabezas, 34, was in the Gaithersburg area, officials said.

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Fire crews were sent to the 400 block of Commonwealth Ave. at 6:59 p.m. Monday, Baltimore County Fire Department officials said. The fire was extinguished by 7:07 p.m. The first crews to arrive saw smoke coming from the gables of the building, officials said.

The 31-year-old was riding a skateboard when he was struck by a police car early Thursday morning.

Investigators said the building appeared vacant, and an initial investigation indicated that the man was living in the attic and using a fire to keep warm.

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Baltimore County firefighters found the victim as they searched the building after the fire was brought under control.

An autopsy by the Office of the State Medical Examiner is pending, officials said.

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