Man dies after parked SUV catches fire in Kansas City; no foul play suspected

A man died after his parked SUV burst into flames early Wednesday in Kansas City, according to police.

The fire was reported about 3:40 a.m. in a lot near 13th Street and Askew Avenue, east of downtown.

When police and firefighters arrived at the scene, the vehicle was on fire. The man was outside the SUV also was on fire. Crews used a fire extinguisher, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was identified Friday as Robert G. Montoya, 61.

The police department’s bomb and arson unit investigated the fire. There were no apparent signs of foul play, police said.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.