Dead man found in burning car

Officials found a 59-year-old Huntington Beach man dead Monday afternoon in a vehicle fire, officials said.

A witness called the Huntington Beach Fire Department at 2:55 p.m. Monday to the Pelican Cove apartment complex at 16960 Algonquin St. for a vehicle fire, said Martha Werth, spokeswoman for the Fire Department.

The fire sprinklers were going when 17 firefighters arrived at the underground parking structure, Werth said. It took about 12 minutes to put out the fire, she said.

When the smoke and fire subsided, officials realized there was a body in the vehicle and called in the Huntington Beach Police Department, Werth said.

The body is of a 59-year-old Huntington Beach man, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s records.

Officials aren’t releasing the name of the man yet.

No cause has yet been determined for the fire and both police and fire officials are investigating the incident, Werth said.

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