Report of smoke leads to discovery of man's body

October 18, 2010 11:54:31 AM PDT
A man who was found dead inside a house in San Pablo early this morning after a resident reported smelling smoke has been identified as 36-year-old Jose Alfredo Vazquez-Becerra, San Pablo police Sgt. Dave Lewellyn said.

The resident of a home in the 2600 block of O'Hare Avenue called police at 2:17 a.m. to report that he smelled smoke in his house.

Police and firefighters responded to the house together and found a fire in the fireplace that was creating some smoke, but no fire outside the fireplace, Lewellyn said.

As they were searching the home to make sure there wasn't a fire, an officer saw Vazquez-Becerra lying next to the fireplace, Lewellyn said.

When the officer tried to wake him up, he discovered he was dead, Lewellyn said.

It wasn't immediately clear where Vazquez-Becerra lived, but neighbors said he had been working on a house across the street and was friends with the resident.

Lewellyn said Vazquez-Becerra had apparently come over for a visit and fallen asleep next to the fire.

The Contra Costa County coroner's office is waiting for results of toxicology tests to determine a cause of death, but a deputy coroner said this morning that it doesn't appear to be smoke-related nor does it appear to be suspicious.