Oakland: Man found burned to death identified


A man who died in a fire Saturday at an East Oakland apartment complex that was also the scene of a fatal home invasion robbery last month has been tentatively identified as a 56-year-old Oakland resident, according to the Alameda County coroner’s bureau.

Richard Fang died from extensive thermal burns at about 5 a.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of 34th Avenue, coroner’s bureau Sgt. Paul Graves said.

He was identified by his driver’s license but his identity has not been fully confirmed because his body was so badly burned, according to the coroner’s bureau.

His body was found burning on the outside of the apartment building in an alleyway, Oakland fire officials said.

Investigators are still determining exactly how the man’s body was set ablaze but the fire is considered suspicious and Oakland police and an Oakland fire arson investigator are looking into it.

The apartment complex was the scene of a fatal home invasion robbery last month — Susan Fong, 77, was found dead there on Feb. 7, Oakland police said.

Police are looking into whether the two incidents are related.

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