A man's body was found at the scene of a house fire in the town of Hartford. The fire on Church Street was discovered by a passerby at around noon today.

Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the man's body was found outside the home on the ground and has been taken to a local funeral home. An autopsy will be conducted to determine identity and cause of death.

The fire destroyed the small ranch-style house at 828 Church Street. The owner of the home, who lives alone, has not been located but it's not clear yet whether he was the victim.

Fire investigators are at the scene trying to determine what started the blaze. Hartford is located west of Augusta.