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Homicide investigation underway after man found dead in south county apartment fire

First responders found a man's body while putting out a small fire in a Mehlville apartment
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — St. Louis County police have reclassified a suspicious death investigation to a homicide investigation.

A man was found dead inside a Mehlville apartment on Sunday.

The St. Louis County Police Department said officers responded shortly before 9 a.m. to the 4000 block of Nottingham Estates Drive for a report of smoke at an apartment building. The building was evacuated and first responders put out a small fire inside an apartment.

The man has been identified as 62-year-old James Kwiatkowski. Police said “significant physical injury’ contributed to his death.

The department's Bureau of Crimes Against Persons, the St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson Unit, and the Crime Scene Unit are leading an investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the department's investigators at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.