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ST. JOHN TWP. — An 18-year-old man died in a structure fire early Monday just south of Dyer, according to the Lake County coroner.

Derek Sancya, of St. John Township, was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. by the coroner, who arrived at the scene about 2:20 a.m. in the 7900 block of Rhode Court. Sancya's cause of death is listed as pending.

Dyer Fire Chief Thad Stutler said one person was taken to a local hospital for treatment of several burns suffered in the fire, which caused a total loss to the residence.

Stutler said officials were alerted by the individual that Sancya was in the home during the blaze, prompting a search for the 18-year-old. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Check back at nwi.com for updates as this story develops. 

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Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.