Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are investigating after a man was found on fire behind a vacant home.

Deputies said a man was walking his dog about 8:40 a.m. when he saw smoke coming from behind a vacant home at 12015 N. Oregon Ave. in Tampa. When he investigated, he found the man on fire.

He called 911, and the responding deputy used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames, deputies said. The victim was declared dead at the scene.

The victim was identified late Thursday as Jose E. Zarragoitia, 23, of Tampa.

Jose Zarragoitia
Jose Zarragoitia

They do not know whether he was alive when he was set on fire.

The home has been vacant for two months according to the property owner, deputies said.