Man dies after setting fire to keep warm in Cudahy, authorities say

A man died Monday night in Cudahy after apparently starting a fire in an enclosed dumpster area in an attempt to keep warm, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire behind a store in the 4500 block of Santa Ana Street about 10:30 p.m. and found two dumpsters burning. They put out the flames and discovered the man’s body.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the man climbed into a walled-in and gated enclosure where dumpsters are stored and set a fire beside them to heat himself, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said. He then caught fire, suffering significant burns and probable smoke inhalation, Alfred said.

The man is believed to have been homeless. His name was not immediately released.

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Cyclist found shot to death on L.A. River bike path in Cudahy

A cyclist was found shot to death on a bike path along the Los Angeles River in Cudahy late Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A pedestrian found the man, who had been shot in his upper body, lying on the ground near Clara Street and River Road at around 10:53 p.m., sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies and paramedics responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene. Yellow crime scene tape surrounded the victim’s body and a nearby bicycle as investigators worked overnight to scour the area for evidence.

Early Monday, sheriff’s officials said there were no suspect descriptions and the investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at (323) 890-5500.

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