CLARK, NJ — The Clark Fire and Police Departments discovered the body of a man in a Clark home Wednesday night while putting out a fire.
“A 58-year-old male resident was discovered with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos. “The investigation is still ongoing, but it does appear he attempted to set the house on fire.”
Firefighters and police were dispatched to the home on Terhune Road shortly before 10 p.m. on Wednesday evening after the daughter of a resident reported a burning smell and smoke in the home, according to Matos.
Police and fire personnel found smoke upon entering the basement of the home, according to Fire Chief Frank Cerasa. The fire was extinguished and a body discovered, according to officials.
The Union County Arson Squad was notified to investigate the cause and origin of the fire, Cerasa said.
There were no other injuries in this incident.