UPDATE: Family Says Man Found in Burning Shed Was Homeless

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 1:59pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 11:55pm

EL PASO – The family of a man who's body firefighters found in a burning storage shed in the Upper Valley told NewsChannel 9 he was homeless.

Investigators are now waiting on autopsy results to find out if the 62-year-old man died before or during the fire.

His name has not been released.

The metal storage shed, in the backyard of a home in 200 block of Siesta Way, caught on fire around 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Firefighters said there were signs the man had been living in the shed. His body was found on a cot.

"They had a bed in there. It was being used to sleep in. The person inside may have been related to the family that lives in the house," said Sam Pena, spokesperson for the El Paso Fire Department.

The man's family didn't want to talk on camera, but told us he was homeless and they didn't know he was inside the shed when the fire started.

No word on what caused it.

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Carlos Ley lost his life this day. I met Carlos Last year, my daughter brought him home, and asked that I do something to help this man. We did what we could. Carlos was partially blind, Had a contagious laugh, helped a lot around Vista Quality (Doniphan). I am happy that he was treated very good by the employees of Vista Quality, Malinche- they gave him burritos, Herbalife- shake and vitamins, Well all the business in that area knew him, respected him and helped! R.I.P MY FRIEND Carlos Ley

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