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Pittsboro mobile home fire death ruled homicide

Posted September 16, 2009 5:58 p.m. EDT
Updated September 16, 2009 6:35 p.m. EDT

— The death of a man in a Chatham County house fire was ruled a homicide Wednesday, the sheriff's office said.

Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, a passing motorist called in the fire at a mobile home at 638 Mitchells Chapel Road, just west of Pittsboro.

After extinguishing the blaze, firefighters located the body later identified as 32-year-old Martin Catalan Uriostegui.

Authorities said they believe the fire was started to cover up the homicide.

No additional information was available.