Man found dead after van he was sleeping in caught fire near South Loop home, firefighters say

HOUSTON – A man was found dead after a van he was sleeping in caught fire near the South Loop, according to the Houston Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to the 3600 of Rebecca Street near Tierwester Street and the 610 South Loop frontage road shortly before 6 a.m.

Family members identified the man as 66-year-old Michael Williams.

Firefighters said Williams was parked in front of a relative’s home where he visited occasionally, according to investigators.

Investigators say Williams was sleeping with several candles lit inside the van to keep himself warm where at some point it caught fire.

Detectives with Houston Police’s Homicide Division and arson investigators believe there wasn’t any evidence of foul play, but the cause is still under investigation.

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