Fire marshal, Sheriff's Office investigating.
Law enforcement officials are investigating the death of an Ocala man found dead in a mobile home on Friday.
The man, Willis Eugene Tenbroeck, was identified by authorities as the man discovered by a neighbor and friend at the Dogwood Acres Mobile Home Park at 2450 SW 38th Ave., Ocala.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office wouldn't say where the 75-year-old was located inside the home. The neighbor who went inside the single-wide mobile home told the Star-Banner that his friend of many years was found in his bed.
Sheriff's deputies said they were called to the park, located not far from Interstate 75, about 9 a.m. Friday in response to a fire. Although there was no fire at the time they arrived, there were indications of a previous fire.
Frank Imparato, a neighbor, said he's known Tenbroeck for about a decade and normally takes care of him. Imparato described Tenbroeck as a loner who never bothers anyone, and a good guy who was kind. He said Tenbroeck would usually sit by the front door where he would watch television.
He said he went to Tenbroeck's mobile home Friday morning to make his friend an omelette when he saw that a window curtain looked burned. Imparato said he forced open the locked front door and found his friend dead in his bed inside his bedroom. He said Tenbroeck was not burned and had smoke around his nose. He believes his friend was probably overcome with smoke.
There was an electric heater in the home. Imparato suspects it had something to do with the fire.
The State Fire Marshal's Office was also called to the scene to investigate the fire. Sheriff's Office detectives are also looking into the fire.
Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, firstname.lastname@example.org or @almillerosb.