Police Identify Body Found In Greensboro Pawn Shop Fire

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- On Tuesday, Greensboro police released the identity of a man found dead inside USA Pawn after it caught fire Monday morning.

The person has been identified as 25-year-old Richard Pera Mao, of Randleman, who was an employee of the business, police said.

Investigators said preliminary results from the Medical Examiner's Office indicate Mao's cause of death was consistent with exposure to a building fire.

Firefighters responded to the fire at USA Pawn at approximately 8:44 a.m. after several people called 911 to report smoke and flames coming from the shop located on Randleman Road.

Police say firefighters attempted to get inside the building, but had to retreat due to intense smoke, flames and concerns about the building's structural integrity.

Both the Greensboro police and fire departments are investigating the cause of the fire.

Officers and fire fighters re-opened the on-site mobile command center Tuesday morning to resume the investigation. Susan Danielsen, with the Greensboro Police Department, said police hope to determine Tuesday the origin of the fire. Police also are working to determine whether any of the items inside the pawn shop are salvageable.

Local attorney Locke Clifford said people who have items in the shop and can present a receipt might be eligible to receive cash back for the cost of the item. He said they should check with their homeowner's insurance provider, to see whether the items are covered.

If you have any information about this incident, call police or the Crime Stoppers tip line at (336) 373-1000.

Crews closed southbound lanes between Lawrence and Terrell streets all day Monday, but reopened late that night.


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