UPDATE 5: Cleveland gas station fire victim identified
CLEVELAND, BRADLEY COUNTY (WRCB) – Investigators in Cleveland say they have identified the man who died in an early morning fire at a gas station.
Officials say they have identified the body as that of 32-year-old Randy Hammondtree, an employee at the BP gas station.
Police say Hammondtree works the second shift at gas station and closed the store last night at 11:00 p.m.
Cleveland firefighters were called to the BP gas station on Paul Huff Parkway next to I-75 just before 5AM.
Firefighters discovered the body of Hammondtree inside the burning store.
The body has been taken to Knoxville for autopsy.
Fire investigators are trying to figure out why Hammondtree was in the store. The gas station closed at 11:00 p.m. and wasn't supposed to reopen until 6:00 a.m.
According to investigators, an employee working at the Shell station across the street saw the flames around 4:54 a.m. and called 911.
The manager of the BP says she has been instructed not to speak to the media.
Arson investigators have been called to look into the cause of a fatal fire in Cleveland.
Police are still considering every scenario, including a possible robbery.
The fire was contained to the building, which is considered a total loss.
Details on this story as they become available on WRCBtv.com.