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Body Found After Duplex Fire In Sterling,Neighbors React

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Questions remain as to how a house in Sterling burned down that killed a man.  58-year-old John Ennells was pronounced dead at the scene after flames erupted inside of the duplex.  Sterling fire officials found him inside once the fire was extinguished.  Neighbors say they're stunned at the death of their former neighbor.

"That's all it took was one night in the winter and he's gone. And I don't know.. it gives me the chills,"neighbor Ashley Garcia-Meiners said.  

"I was just hoping in the back of my mind that he wasn't in there. I was praying that he wasn't," neighbor Emily Green.

Emily Green lives right behind the house. Aside from being saddened by Ennell's death, she's is shocked to learn he was not the person she thought he was.  As far as she knew, he owned the house and had been living there for over a year.

"He seemed harmless. He was quiet and I know he would watch the kids play outside," Green said. "When it was nice outside we would see him out mowing the lawn and cleaning up the backyard and cleaning up stuff."

Sterling police have discovered otherwise.  They say the house has been listed as vacant for at least a year. There were no utilities turned on at the time of the fire including no electricity or water service. The idea of someone living next door in a vacant home makes neighbors nervous.

"It's really concerning that somebody could be in a place for a year like that and it's listed as vacant when it really wasn't. So, how was supposed to be checking on it," Green said.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.  Police are still trying to figure out who this fire victim was and why he was living in a vacant house.  

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