Plano man sitting on front porch dies in mysterious fire

Police in Plano said a man was killed in an unusual and unexplained fire.

It happened around 1 p.m. Wednesday while the victim was on his porch at a home located near Custer Road and 15th Street, which is on the city’s southwest side.

Family members and neighbors said the man was likely smoking a cigarette when the fire started.

Police said there was a sudden burst of flames that shot 15 feet into the air. But they’re not sure what caused it. There was no oxygen tank or other sign of an accelerant nearby.

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They do not believe the man was targeted by anyone else or that foul play was involved.

His name has not yet been released.