UPDATE 10:42 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 27: Police have released the name of a man they say accidentally caused his own death after he died of smoke inhalation inside a Cardinal Exxon dumpster early Tuesday morning. In a press release, police say Karl ldrich Aldrich Lillyquist Jr., 58, was the man found by firefighters after they extinguished the dumpster soon after arriving to the early morning call on W. Cardinal.
UPDATE 5:35 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 26: Police say a man found in a firey dumpster early Tuesday morning on W. Cardinal Drive died of smoke inhalation and are calling his death accidental. In a press release, BPD says the 58-year-old — whose name is still being withheld pending notification of next of kin — likely caused the fire accidentally, perhaps in an attempt to stay warm in temperatures which dipped into the 40's Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
UPDATE 3:34 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26: While police have identified the deceased man found in a burning Cardinal Drive Exxon dumpster early Tuesday, Feb. 26, officials are not releasing the man's name at this time pending notification of next of kin. According to BPD spokesman Rob Flores, a preliminary autopsy report released to police Tuesday afternoon said the man showed signs of smoke inhalation, suggesting he was alive inside the dumpster when it was set ablaze.
Stay tuned to TheExaminer.com for updates as they become available.
Beaumont firefighters made a grisly discovery after extinguishing a dumpster fire on W. Cardinal in southern Beaumont.
According to a press release from Beaumont Police Department, firefighters discovered the body of an unknown person at approximately 2:16 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, after they extinguished a fire at the Cardinal Exxon at 550 W. Cardinal Drive in Beaumont. The Exxon was closed at the time of the fire, which was reported by a neighbor, the press release said. Fire and police investigators are working in collaboration to determine the details of the incident.
Beaumont Fire Department (BFD) Spokesman Brad Penisson said firefighters were on the scene within five minutes of receiving the 911 call and the fire was extinguished within a few minutes of firefighters' arrival.
"The fire itself just took a few minutes to put it out," Penisson said. "And then as firefighters were sifting through to make sure the fire was out, they found the body."
Penisson said BFD likely arrived on the scene minutes after the fire was set, saying the body was burned but not beyond recognition.
"It really wasn't burned very bad," he said. "All the garbage and stuff wasn't totally consumed."
Penisson went on to say that while the morgue conducts an autopsy to determine the cause of death, crime scene investigators are sifting through the dumpster to see if there was an accelerant used.
"We don't know who he is and we haven't been able to identify him yet," he said. "We do know it's a male."
By about 7:15, all police and fire units had left the scene and replaced the dumpster near the small garage behind the store. The body was transported to the Jefferson County Morgue for an autopsy at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Penisson said, and the dumpster was transported to the Jefferson County Crime Lab, according to the press release.
No other injuries were reported.
Sharon Brooks contributed to this report.