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Man killed by fire identified

The homeless man who died after suffering third-degree burns over most of his body last week has been identified as 56-year-old Gary William Johnston, hometown unknown.

Johnston caught fire about 2:30 p.m. June 3 in the 900 block of Commerce Street, an industrial area near main street in downtown Las Vegas. He died at University Medical Center that night.

Las Vegas Fire Department investigators suspected that Johnston caught fire because of careless smoking. Cigarettes and matches were found in and around the cardboard shelter he lived in.

The Clark County coroner’s office has yet to determine a cause of death.

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