A man who died in the aftermath of a fire on Essex Street in Bangor was the victim of a homicide, Bangor police said Monday.

Berton Conley, 59, was discovered unconscious on Friday, Nov. 1, inside a home at 258 Essex Street. Bangor fire crews discovered the man when they were called to a report of smoke at the residence.

Conley, who lived at the address, later died at a local hospital.

A post-mortem examination was conducted over the weekend at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta. At the conclusion of the examination, the manner of death was determined to be homicide.

Investigators of the Fire Marshal’s Office have determined that the fire at the residence was incendiary in nature.

Police say it is an isolated incident and there is no concern for the safety of the general public.

The investigation is ongoing.

If anyone has information regarding the activities or whereabouts of Mr. Conley the night of October 31 into the morning of November 1st, they are encouraged to contact the Bangor Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division or a message can be left on the department tip line (207)947-7382 option 5.

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