Firefighters discovered a body inside an apartment gutted by fire in Lachine on Saturday night. 

The macabre discovery was made just after 10:45 p.m., firefighters said.

According to Montreal Police, the body was found near the front door of the apartment on 3rd Avenue and Provost.

Police have not yet confirmed the victim's identity - the burns were too severe, they said - and the damage to the apartment was considerable. 

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire, but because it resulted in a fatality, the investigation will be taken over by the SPVM's arson squad.