The vehicle fire on Sebastian Drive in Riverhead Tuesday night before firefighters arrived at the scene. Courtesy photo.

Update: Police have identified the victim of in the vehicle fire on Sebastian Drive.

Original story:

A body was discovered by firefighters after they put out a vehicle fire at a Riverhead home late last night.

Police and firefighters responding to reports of a vehicle fire at about 10:34 p.m. found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames parked in the driveway at 2 Sebastian Drive, according to a Riverhead Police Department press release issued early this morning. Fire had also involved an exterior wall of the residence and a dumpster located nearby on the property, police said.

The fire was extinguished by Riverhead Fire Department firefighters. After the fire was put out, a body was discovered inside the vehicle, police said.

The Riverhead Police Detective Division and the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad responded to investigate.

The body of the deceased was removed from the scene and transported to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office for further examination, according to the press release.

Police did not say whether the home was occupied at the time of the fire.

The property owner since January 2020 is a limited liability company, according to Suffolk County property records. Riverhead Town tax bills for the parcel are sent to a Mattituck post office box.

The investigation is ongoing at this time and anyone with any information is requested to contact the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500.

The home at 2 Sebastian Drive where a body was found in a burned vehicle after firefighters put out a fire on March 8. Photo: Peter Blasl

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