Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have sustained fire damage, according to new evidence that was discovered near Sainte Luce in southeastern Madagascar.

MH370 Update

Blaine Gibson, a lawyer who has been self-funding a search for the missing Flight MH370, believes that he has found evidence that would support the theory that the plane had weathered a fire before it crash-landed. Gibson says that the newly discovered debris has burn and scorch marks on both sides of it, reported CNN.

The debris that Gibson found has been sent to investigators at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which has yet to confirm his findings.

In recent months, Gibson has been credited with locating more than a dozen personal items that had belonged to MH370 passengers. Among the items were a small backpack and a computer case.

“I’ve been very involved in the search for Malaysia 370, just out of personal interest and in a private group — not in a for-profit way or journalistic way,” Gibson explained to CNN back in March of this year.

Gibson added, “Until I or someone else finds the plane and the truth about what happened to it and the passengers, [I’ll keep going].The search must go on, it can’t stop when the present search area is exhausted. We have to solve this mystery.”

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing March 8, 2014 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. In the two and a half years since the plane inexplicably went off the radar, officials have been unable to recover the wreckage. However, enough debris has been recovered and positively identified as having come from Flight MH370 that the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has confirmed that the plane had crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

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