SFPD investigating suspicious death after fire

June 10, 2011 1:16:40 PM PDT
San Francisco police are investigating a suspicious death after firefighters responding to a small brush fire near the city's Buena Vista Park early this morning found a partially burned body there, a police spokesman said.

Firefighters responded to a small fire at 4:39 a.m. near Buena Vista Avenue East and Haight Street, a fire dispatcher said.

While extinguishing the blaze, a small brush fire near trash cans, firefighters found the partially burned body of a victim who was already dead, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Police are considering the death suspicious. Homicide inspectors and the arson task force are investigating the incident, Dangerfield said.

No information about the victim was immediately available this morning, he said.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.