GASTONIA, N.C. -- The Gastonia Fire Department and Gastonia Police are investigating after a person was found dead in a vacant building following a fire on Saturday afternoon.

According to Gastonia Fire, crews responded to a structure fire on the 200 block of south Oakland Street in Gastonia, around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Firefighters saw light smoke coming from the back of the structure. Crews were able to put out a small fire in the crawl space of the structure.

One person was found in the crawl space. Gastonia Fire says the structure had been vacant for over a year.

The scene is under investigation by the Fire Department Task Force and Gastonia Police.