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Gary Fire Department headquarters, 200 E. Fifth Ave in downtown Gary. 

GARY — The death of a man found inside a burned-out vehicle last weekend in the city's Black Oak section likely was accidental, police said.

Gary firefighters and police responded about 6 a.m. Saturday to the fire in the 2300 block of West Ridge Road, records show.

It's believed the man was homeless and set a fire to keep warm, police Cmdr. Jack Hamady said. Foul play is not suspected.

The man's name has not yet been released by the Lake County coroner's office, pending notification of family.

The Gary Fire Department did not immediately respond to a request Monday for comment.

Check back at nwi.com for updates.


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