UPDATE: Authorities conclude Parke County fire investigation

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PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Authorities concluded an investigation into a fire that occurred Thursday morning in Parke County.

Parke County Sheriff Justin Cole identified the person who died as 51-year-old Joseph Collester.

Following an investigation and autopsy of the victim, it was determined that Collester set fire to his garage and residence and then took his own life.

Parke County Sheriff Justin Cole confirmed a body was found in one of the structures.

The investigation began after crews were called to the 10000 block of South Sherfick Lane in Rosedale around 5 a.m. Thursday for a report of a garage and nearby residence on fire.

According to Sheriff Cole, the fires did not spread but had separate origins.

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