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10:31 AM: The body of a female was found inside a burned car in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood early this morning, a police spokesman said.

Officer Albie Esparza said someone reported a burning car in the 400 block of Rose Street at 3:18 a.m.

Firefighters and police arrived to find a gray, two-door Pontiac engulfed in flames, Esparza and fire department spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

After the blaze was extinguished, the body was found in the car’s passenger seat, Esparza said.

Because of the condition of the body, her identity was not immediately able to be determined, he said.

The car had been parked illegally in front of a home on the northern side of the one-way street, Esparza said.

Esparza said officers from the homicide and arson units are investigating the case, and that a cause of death has not yet been determined.

Ari Burack, Bay City News

5:24 AM: Police have found a body in a vehicle that caught fire in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood early this morning, a San Francisco police officer said.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., San Francisco police and fire personnel were dispatched to the 400 block of Rose Street (a small street between Haight and Page at Buchanan) on a report of a blaze that had ignited a two-door gray Pontiac, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.

After the flames had been extinguished, a body was located inside of the vehicle, according to Esparza. KTVU broadcast is reporting that the body was female.

Esparza said that, due to the condition of the body, the victim had not yet been identified.
The incident is being investigated as a homicide, Esparza said.

Webster is closed between Page and Haight as of 7 AM, and police do not know when it will be reopened. Update: the street was reopened at 7:36 AM.

Eve Batey contributed to this report by Kristen Peters of Bay City News

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