Deputy state fire marshall Dennis Randle reaches for a shovel to clear debris while helping investigate the scene of a fatal fire near 5th and Taft in Gary Monday April 1, 2013. The fire appeared to destroy a building at the back of the property. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 1, 2013 8:25PM
GARY — The Indiana State Fire Marshal is investigating the death of a man found inside a burning garage in the Ambridge-Mann neighborhood Sunday night.
“It’s under investigation. I am not going to speculate until the investigation is complete,” Garrett Walton, public information officer for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, said Monday morning.
Fire Chief Teresa Everett has not returned a telephone message from the Post-Tribune seeking more information on the incident.
The one story brick home is vacant, and residents in the neighborhood told police they had seen someone who may have been using the home for shelter.
Police and firefighter’s found the unidentified man’s body in the garage, which was totally destroyed by the blaze. Police investigators say the man’s death appears suspicious.
The fire department responded to a fire at 554 Taft St. sometime after 9 p.m. Lake County Coroner deputies pronounced the man dead at 10:13 p.m. No cause or manner of death has been determined, pending investigation, a news release states.
In addition to the fire marshal and Gary Fire Department, Gary police and the ATF are also investigating the cause of the fire.
Anyone with information about the fire or the occupant can call Violent Crimes Detective Lorenzo Davis at 881-4738.