Police in Nanaimo are investigating after a body was found in a south-end home that had been gutted by fire.
A statement from Nanaimo RCMP says emergency officials were notified about the fire around 5 p.m. Thursday, at a home on Athletic Street.
City of Nanaimo fire crews were first on the scene, as dark clouds of smoke billowed from the structure.
It took firefighters about 40 minutes to knock the fire down. After the blaze was out, a search of the building was conducted and the remains of an adult male were discovered.
RCMP have deemed the death suspicious and turned the investigation over to the force's Serious Crime Section.
No other details have been released. Anyone with information is asked to call police.