First on FOX19: Body found after mysterious Sharonville fire

By Dan Wells - bio | email

SHARONVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Neighbors are mourning and perplexed at the Yorktown mobile home complex after their neighbor was found killed by a fire that no one knew took place.

At this point the Sharonville police department, fire investigators and the Butler County Coroner's office say they are investigating this incident, but everything about this surprising death has people in the area asking a lot of questions.

From the outside, the mobile home on Cambridge Avenue in Sharonville where Barry Huber lived looks undamaged.

But police say inside, it's a different story.

"Basically our officers were called here to the scene to investigate or actually to check on the well being of the resident. When they arrived to the house there was no answer at the door. The officers forced entry into the door and it appeared that the resident was home but no one was answering and what they found was a male deceased in the computer room of the house," said Lt. John Cook with the Sharonville Police Department.

Investigators say an apparent fire killed the man who lived there, but no one had ever reported a fire. In fact, neighbors were shocked to find police and fire investigators in their front yards

"I happened to look out my window and I see police and cops over there, and the yard is wrapped in caution tape, so I went outside to asked, 'Is Barry OK?' and they said, 'No, he is not OK,' and I said, 'What's wrong with him?' and he said he has died," said neighbor Tracy Murphy.

"It appears that there is some kind of fire damage to that room," said Lt. Cook. "Right now we're unable to determine the cause of death but we are pretty confident that it has something to do with the fire at this point."

Neighbors say they never saw any signs of a fire, or noticed if the victim, who was well-known in the complex had been missing.

"He was in Sunoco that last night, so I don't know, it's just weird," said Murphy.

Authorities say this investigation will continue.

"I can just tell you that there is nothing here that would lead us to believe that there is any foul play here at all," said Lt. Cook.

Authorities say it could be weeks before an official cause of death is determined.