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SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Police in northern Ohio say an 86-year-old man found dead in the basement of a burning home had been stabbed.

Investigators in Sandusky believe that the fire began in several different spots inside the house. Firefighters found the two-story, wood-frame home engulfed in flames when they arrived Tuesday night.

Sandusky police Sgt. Dana Newell says the victim had several stab wounds. Authorities say the man lived at the home and that his wife was not there when firefighters arrived.