Physique firefighters recognized whereas extinguishing brush hearth | Illinois Information

HOBART, Ind. (AP) – A body discovered by firefighters while putting out a weekend bush fire in northwest Indiana has been identified as that of a man who lived nearby, police said Monday.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Department said the dead person was Joseph W. Magura, 82, who lived in Portage Township in the area where the bushfire occurred.

Police had no further comment on the case, the Merrillville Post-Tribune reported.

Firefighters discovered his body near a line of railroad tracks on Saturday afternoon when several fire departments extinguished a bushfire that spanned 0.81 acres in an open field. The Porter County coroner office was called to the scene.

“Please keep family and friends in your thoughts and prayers on this issue during this time,” said Porter County Sheriff’s Cpl. Benjamin McFalls said in a statement before the body was identified.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal is supporting the investigation.

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