Body found in burning Pilsen vehicle ID'd as Barrington Hills man

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Authorities have identified a northwest suburban man found dead after a vehicle fire in the Pilsen neighborhood Friday night.

The victim has been identified as 43-year-old James Gerage of Barrington Hills, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said.

He was found dead in the back seat of a car after a fire in the 600-block of West 21st Street, Chicago Fire Department officials said.

The cause and manner of Gerage's death have not been determined. He was pronounced dead at 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

The vehicle was found in an industrial area steps from the Dan Ryan.

Gerage was a successful businessman who co-owned Elgin-based Omega Demolition with his brother. The company is known for high-profile projects, such as the demolition of Wacker Drive, and most recently, the Ohio feeder ramp and the widening of the Jane Addams Tollway.

Gerage's family had no comment Monday. Police will only say the investigation is ongoing.
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