Death of man found in Brownsville fire ruled a homicide

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The death of a man found dead inside a Brownsville building up in flames earlier this week has been ruled a homicide.
 
Now, investigators are working to figure out who killed him and why.
 
Two days after the fire, emergency responders on scene were replaced by fire marshals and crime scene officers in order to dig up more evidence.
 
 
Authorities confirmed with News 12 that the victim is 64-year-old Hugh Kirkland. Investigators say they discovered four stab wounds on his body.
 
Kirkland's brother says Hugh was an Army veteran who served in the 1970s, and was popular in their neighborhood.
 
"I think he touched their lives in a certain way. He made you laugh. He was always funny, you know?" said Chris Kirkland.
 
Fire marshals also ruled that the fire was intentionally set.
 
It is still unclear whether Kirkland died from the stab wounds he sustained or as a result of the basement fire he was trapped in.
 
The medical examiner has yet to issue a cause of death at this time.
 
The Department of Buildings has issued a full-vacate order for the building, so the families that lived there have now been displaced.
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