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A man died in a house fire early Friday morning in Gary.

Authorities did not identify the deceased 57-year-old Gary resident because his family had not yet been notified.

The Gary Police Department responded to a call to the 2600 block of Stevenson Street in the city's Black Oak neighborhood at 4:45 a.m. Friday.

"Upon arriving at the location officers were notified by Gary Fire Department personnel of a fire fatality at that location," the Gary Police Department said in a press release. "The victim, a man, age 57, was discovered inside a single-dwelling residence."

The Lake County Coroner's Office reported that the cause and manner of death are pending the results of an autopsy.

Investigators with the Gary Fire Department, the Indiana State Fire Marshall’s office, and the Gary Police Department are looking into the cause of the blaze but preliminary indications suggest it was accidental.

"There were some issues with the furnace and some electrical issues," Gary Police Department Violent Crimes Unit Supervisor Lt. Thomas Pawlak said. "It looks to be accidental."

Anyone with information should call Sgt. Mark Salazar of the Gary Police Department Arson Unit at 219-881-7431. Anonymous tips also can be left on the Gary Tip line at 866-CRIME-GP.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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