Body of burned man discovered at scene of Beaumont fire

William Ray Rogers

First responders answering a report of a fence fire on Calder Avenue in Beaumont made a grisly discovery Feb. 24, reports the Beaumont Police Department. Firefighters and officers working to douse the blaze found the burned body of a deceased male, who reportedly lived behind some buildings in the 2300 block of Broadway Street.

According to a news release from BPD, Beaumont Fire Rescue units and police were dispatched to a fence that was on fire on Calder near 8th Street at about 5:53 p.m. As they worked to put out the fire, they discovered the body on the other side of the fence. The charred remains of the then-unidentified man were discovered near his campsite, which was surrounded on two sides by a wooden fence.

Police later identified the deceased man as 68-year-old William Ray Rogers. Rogers was a transient who was born in Seattle and has been in the Beaumont area at least 14 years, BPD reports. According to police, Rogers frequented the Calder area from 11th Street to 7th Street. He was known to people as “Ray” and reportedly had no family in the area.

BPD reports there is nothing to indicate foul play at this time, but the actual cause of death is still unknown. The investigation continues.