Body found in burned car at pond

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TOWNSHIP 30 (AP) – State officials ruled Sunday that a fire that killed a man inside a car that was parked at a pond in Washington County was accidental.

Investigators with the state Fire Marshal’s Office were called to Salmon Pond after a fire engulfed the car at about 4:45 Saturday afternoon.

Fire investigators said that it appears that the car’s exhaust system ignited a bed of pine needles, and that the fire spread to the car. The victim was probably asleep at the time, and an autopsy determined that he died of smoke inhalation, officials said.

The victim is believed to be a Bangor man in his early 20s who had been fishing on the pond earlier in the day with a friend when he decided to go back to shore.

Positive identification is expected early this week after DNA testing is completed.

Salmon Pond was also the scene of an unrelated drowning Saturday morning in which a Bangor man died after his boat swamped while fishing.

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