THE BRONX - Authorities are investigating a man's death after he was found face-up amid a fire Saturday.

Police say they found the body before 1 a.m. in the first-floor hallway of the Eastchester Gardens public housing complex at 1255 Adee Ave., near Baychester.

Investigators say they are unsure whether the death, which they initially believed was the result of a shooting, and fire are related, but believe foul play is at fault. Officials believe the victim may have been house-sitting at the time of the crime.

They have identified the victim as Antonio Rodriguez, of Burke Avenue.