Wilmington police identify homeless man killed in New Year’s Eve fire off Carolina Beach Road

Wilmington police, fire crews investigate death after fire off of Carolina Beach Road

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department has identified a homeless man killed during a small fire in a wooded area near Carolina Beach Road on New Year’s Eve.

Police said a fire was reported in the area off Carolina Beach Road and Medical Center Drive around 8:10 p.m. on Dec. 31.

When firefighters responded to the scene, they discovered the body of 58-year-old Michael Anthony Randall and called police.

Investigators believe Randall was intoxicated and sleeping in a scrap culvert pipe when a kerosene heater was accidentally ignited.

No one else was injured.

Officials say the area where the fire occurred has a known homeless encampment.

The northbound lanes of Carolina Beach Road were closed for an hour and a half while crews investigated.

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