Woman’s Body Found Inside Burning Car In San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / AP / BCN) — San Francisco police and fire crews discovered the body of a woman in a burned car along the border of city’s Lower Haight and Western Addition neighborhoods early Monday morning, authorities said.

At 3:18 a.m., police and fire personnel were dispatched to the 400 block of Rose Street for a vehicle that caught fire.

Crews arrived to find a gray, two-door 2000 Pontiac engulfed in flames, SFFD Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

After the flames had been extinguished, a woman’s body was found in the car’s passenger seat, according to SFPD Officer Albie Esparza.

He noted that the vehicle had been illegally parked in front of a home on the northern side of the one-way street.

KCBS’ Janice Wright Reports:

Authorities said that, due to the condition of the body, the victim had not yet been identified.

Esparza said the incident was being treated as a homicide.

He indicated that SFPD homicide detectives and SFFD arson investigators were trying to determine the circumstances leading up to the fire and the woman’s cause of death.

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