Man found dead after suspicious central Fresno fire identified

A man who died in a central Fresno fire that police described as suspicious was identified as John Lang, 51.

The man had multiple stab wounds to his abdomen and upper back, authorities said.

The house fire occurred Wednesday at 648 North Van Ness Avenue, just north of Belmont Avenue. Fresno police reported the man’s body was found around 3:15 p.m. by Fresno firefighters inside the house.

He was not responsive when firefighters found him. He was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

It is unclear whether he died as a result of the stab wounds or the blaze, which damaged much of the home. Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

No one else was found inside, and neighbors have not come forward with any information.