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Bystanders can’t save man from burning car in Lutz; death investigation underway

Firefighters found the body inside the burned car. His cause of death is now under investigation.
Bystanders couldn't rescue a man from inside this burning car Wednesday in a Lutz parking lot in the 3900 block of Van Dyke Road, according to deputies.
Bystanders couldn't rescue a man from inside this burning car Wednesday in a Lutz parking lot in the 3900 block of Van Dyke Road, according to deputies. [ Hillsborough County Fire Rescue ]
Published May 28, 2020
Updated May 28, 2020

LUTZ — Bystanders tried to rescue a man from inside a burning car on Wednesday, authorities said.

But the flames were too strong, and the man was later found dead, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident took place at about noon in a parking lot of a shopping center in the 3900 block of Van Dyke Road, near the intersection of N Dale Mabry Highway.

Bystanders called 911 and tried to rescue the man, officials said. Firefighters arrived, extinguished the fire and found the man dead inside. Officials did not say what caused the fire. The cause of death is now being investigated by the medical examiner.

The man’s name was not released by the Sheriff’s Office.

“We applaud the bystanders who tried to rescue this man from the burning vehicle,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a prepared statement. “Unfortunately, the intensity of the flames made it impossible. Our deputies are working to find out what caused the fire and the nature of this man’s death."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.