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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Authorities are investigating after a dead body was found inside a burning camper.

The fire happened on the 2500 block of E 18th Street around 8:20 a.m. Firefighters had the fire under control within six minutes; however, when crews responded, they found a dead person inside a camper.

In a release, IFD said they believe the body is a male, but there is not identifying information available. Neighbors say the man had lived inside the camper for more than a decade.

“I know he just kept to himself,” said neighbor Thomas Dodson, “summer time you’d see him picking weeds around the thing….he tried to keep the thing up, that’s what he did.”


A rental occupant of home, with no relation to the victim, told firefighters that an extension cord ran from the camper to the detached garage for utility. It’s unclear whether that cord contributed to the fire.

“You’d see him every now and then taking his trash out or doing chores for the people who lived in the house or across the street,” said neighbor Ashley Dissinger, “every now and then he’d say hi.”

IMPD homicide detectives were on scene per standard protocol any time a fatality is found during a fire. Authorities said it’s unclear on specific cause of death or cause of fire at this time.

This is a developing story and will be updated once more information becomes available.