Man dies in Provo camper fire

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PROVO -- A man was found dead in a camper fire in Provo Friday morning after a driver passing by on State Street spotted the flames coming from a neighborhood.

Firefighters found a camper burning behind a home near 2100 South and Mountain Vista Lane. Inside, they found the body of 41-year-old Jed Gressman.

"They stopped fighting the fire. They turned their attention to the victim and determined that he had died during the fire," said Provo Deputy Fire Chief Gary Jolley.

The owner of the camper says Gressman needed a place to sleep Thursday night, so he put Gressman up in his camper. The man went and checked on Gressman again Friday morning.

Investigators say it was sometime after that, a fire broke out in the front cab of the vehicle. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Jolley says a medical examiner will now perform an autopsy to find out how Gressman died. Investigators have notified his estranged wife.




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