Police found a burning body under a Schuykill Expressway overpass in South Philadelphia early on Thursday.
The person, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was laying on a mattress and “severely burned in the debris,” Fire Capt. William Dixon said,Philly.com reported.
"We don't know if this body was intentionally set on fire or if it was possibly a homeless person who accidentally caught fire trying to keep warm," Small said.
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It is not yet known if the deceased is male or female, but authorities said the body was fully clothed.
The fire was spotted by drivers on I-76 a few minutes earlier on an entrance ramp leading to the Walt Whitman Bridge, according toFox29. Firefighters put out the flames under the eastbound I-76 overpass near Passyunk and Oregon avenues at around 2:30 a.m.,CBS3 reported.
Preliminary investigations did not show signs of trauma, Fox29 reported, and an autopsy has been scheduled. Theinvestigation is ongoing and the area, including the 20-foot embankment,isconsidered a crime scene.