North Richmond house fire death called suspicious

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The death of a man found in a house fire in North Richmond this morning is being called suspicious.

At 4:45 a.m., Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to assist Contra Costa County Fire Protection District personnel with traffic control at the scene of a house fire in the 1800 block of Giaramita Street.

Deputies learned a 23-year-old Virillio Patino-Cruz was found unresponsive in the home and was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

An autopsy to determine Patino-Cruz’s cause of death is scheduled for Wednesday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, whose detectives are working alongside ConFire arson investigators to probe the suspicious death.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600 or through Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (925) 646-2441. For any tips, email: [email protected] or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.