Man Burns to Death After Allegedly Stealing Gas From South L.A. Station
A gas station at 45th & Avalon via Google Maps.
A man who appears to have been stealing fuel from a South L.A. gas station was found fatally burned inside a van that went up in flames this morning, authorities said.
The L.A. Fire Department was called to the back of the station at 45th Street and Avalon Boulevard at 6:19 p.m., LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey told us.
What firefighters found caused them to call the cops:
"A vehicle to the rear of the location was well involved," Humphrey said. "A discovery upon distinguishing the fire caused us to turn over the investigation to police."
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Cops were called to a report of a fatally burned person inside a van at that location about 6:30 a.m., said LAPD Officer Richard French.
Investigators believe the guy might have been siphoning gas. French:
That's what it looks like. We think he might have been trying to take fuel from an underground tank. Homicide detectives have been sent to investigate the circumstances.
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We reached out to coroner's officials for the man's name, but an investigator was still in the field, we were told, and identification is still pending.