Firefighters discover burned body in Cypress Park Home Depot parking lot

CYPRESS PARK — Authorities are working to identify a body found burned to death when firefighters responded to reports of an early morning  rubbish fire in the parking lot of the Cypress Park  Home Depot.

The Los Angeles Fire Department extinguished the fire and called police for backup at about 2 a.m., said Officer Drake Madison with LAPD Media Relations. Police responded to the scene of the burned body in the 2000 block of Figueroa Street near the 5 Freeway and the Los Angeles River.

The body is of an adult that has not been identified, said Madison. The coroner’s office and LAPD detectives are on the scene as they investigate incident.

TV news broadcasts showed that police had cordoned off an area under an elevated section of the 5 Freeway that crosses over the parking lot and a day laborer hiring center.  ABC7 said police were looking into whether the victim was a  homeless person based on items found near the fire.

In 2011, authorities discovered a burning body in an alley a few blocks north of the Home Depot.

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