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HOUSTON The body of a man who lived inside a metal shipping container in southeast Houston was found after a fire broke out at the small place early Monday, according to Houston firefighters.

HFD arrived to the find the small structure on fire on Almeda Genoa near Telephone Road around 4 a.m.

They made a fast attack, and upon entering, found a body inside.Firefighters said it appeared the man had made the small space his home.

I appears as though he lived inside this shipping container; the metal shipping container.It had a door mounted to it and we re not sure if it had windows or air conditioning or anything like that because it was totally destroyed, said an HFD spokesperson.

Friends say the victim, who did not speak English, was a hard-working mechanic who came to America for a better life. He did not have much, that is why he used the container as a makeshift home.

He had actually spoken to his brother just 30 minutes before the fire broke out.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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