INVESTIGATION

Police seek help identifying body found near 38th St.

GALVESTON

Police Saturday were investigating the death a person on 38th Street, officials said.

Officers first received a call about a body about 7:08 a.m. Saturday at 38th Street and Avenue P½, Sgt. Xavier Hancock said. But by deadline Saturday, investigators had few details ready to release about the investigation.

The body is an unidentified African-American man about 50 years old, Hancock said.

“Confronted with the possibility of foul play, the officers on scene requested additional investigative personnel,” Hancock said.

Investigators had not ruled out any potential cause of death, Galveston Police Department Capt. Josh Schirard said.

“It was an unattended death,” Schirard said. “Any time we have that, we want to make sure we cover all our bases.”

Officers eventually controlled access to a two-block area of Avenue P ½ and detectives and crime scene investigators searched the area for evidence, Hancock said.

Investigators were still at the scene as of 1:30 p.m., Hancock said.

There is no evidence the public is in danger, Hancock said.

Anyone with missing relative or who knows someone matching the description of the body should call 409-765-3778, police said.

— Matt DeGrood

EMERGENCY

Firefighters quickly extinguish condominium blaze

GALVESTON

Firefighters quickly put out a blaze in a high-rise condominium apartment shortly after it broke out Saturday afternoon, with only one minor injury, officials said.

The fire department got a call at 1:27 p.m. about smoke coming from the third floor of an 11-story building at 7310 Seawall Blvd., Chief Mike Wisko said.

Crews found the fire in a unit on the third floor, quickly confining and extinguishing it, Wisko said.

“Simultaneously, a second alarm was requested, bringing all on-duty firefighters to the scene for additional manpower,” Wisko said.

Firefighters with Texas City, Hitchcock and Jamaica Beach provided mutual aid, Wisko said.

Crews limited smoke, water and other damage to the one unit on the third floor and minimal water damage to a unit on the second floor, Wisko said. One resident was injured, but refused medical care on the scene.

Crews contained the fire in about 30 minutes, Wisko said.

— Matt DeGrood

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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