A man was found dead amongst debris after an accidental fire was extinguished at a small commercial building in Santa Monica Tuesday, April 8th, fire officials said.

Three Santa Monica Fire Department engine companies, one truck company and one rescue ambulance were called at 10:23 p.m. to a commercial building at 3028 Nebraska Ave., near Stanford Street, where a structure fire was reported, Santa Monica Fire Capt. Scott Ziegert said. One battalion chief and two fire investigators were also called to the scene.

Santa Monica police assisted with traffic control at the scene.

First-responding firefighters saw smoke coming from a small lean-to next to the commercial building, Ziegert said.

After firefighters forced entry into the structure and extinguished the fire, they discovered the body of a man in the debris, Ziegert said.

An autopsy was conducted on the man but he had not been identified, Los Angeles County Coroner spokesman Ed Winter said. The cause of death was determined to be thermal injuries and smoke inhalation, Winter said.

The estimated damage to the structure and cause of the fire remained under investigation the by Santa Monica Fire Department.

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