Fire death in Cedar Lake investigated as ‘apparent homicide’
By Maria Amante email@example.com/648-3072 July 11, 2012 7:10PM
Updated: August 13, 2012 2:04PM
CEDAR LAKE — The death of a man in a “suspicious” fire at a home Wednesday morning is being investigated as an apparent homicide, authorities say.
Adam Giordano, 32, sustained second- and third-degree burns and wounds to his chest and neck in a fire at 14741 Cline Ave., according to the Lake County Coroner’s office.
The Cedar Lake police and fire departments responded to the scene about 8 a.m., and Giordano’s body was found while firefighters were extinguishing the blaze, according to Cedar Lake Police Chief Randall J. Mayersky.
The fire appears to be of “suspicious origin,” Mayersky said, and the State Fire Marshal is investigating. The Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force also was asked to join the investigation, he said.
Northwest Indiana Transit Police Chief Robert Byrd, a spokesman for the task force, confirmed his unit was called to the scene to assist in an “apparent-homicide investigation.”
The victim’s cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy by the coroner’s office. Byrd said additional details were expected Thursday.