Woman’s Burning Body Found Between Parked Cars in West Philadelphia

Firefighters and police find accelerant and lighter nearby along Ludlow Street

What to Know

  • Firefighters extinguished a woman's body after she was found burning between parked cars on West Philadelphia's Ludlow Street.
  • The woman was burned beyond recognition, Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
  • It was unclear if the woman was dead when she was set ablaze.

Police and firefighters were called to a residential West Philadelphia block overnight to find a woman’s body on fire.

They found the woman’s burning body between two cars parked along Ludlow Street near 44th Street just before 1:30 a.m. Friday, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. An accelerant, possibly gasoline, and lighter were found about 6 feet from the woman’s body.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames and pronounced the woman dead.

“She was burned from head to toe beyond recognition,” Small said.

Police couldn’t tell the woman’s age.

It was unclear if the woman was dead prior to being set on fire, police said.

The case remained under investigation Friday.

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