She said when the police entered the house looking for the suspect, they had seen smoke coming from a room.
“The first attempt to break down the door failed and a window was broken, but due to the thick smoke, they could not see inside.
“When the door was eventually broken down, flames shot out and police had to retreat.”
The fire department then arrived and extinguished the fire, but not before a portion of the house was destroyed.
A man was found dead, burnt beyond recognition inside the room, Naidu said.
His name is not being given yet as his next of kin are yet to be informed.
Police have opened an inquest docket. Additional charges of arson and attempted murder might be included as the investigation unfolded, Naidu said.