Greensboro firefighters find human remains after call to 911 about suspicious fire

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A call early Saturday morning to Guilford Metro 911 about a suspicious fire has led police to launch a homicide investigation, according to a news release.

At approximately 5:11 a.m., Saturday, a man noticed a fire burning in a wooded area past the dead end of Falconridge Court.

Responding Greensboro Fire Department officials discovered a vehicle that was burning. After extinguishing the flames, firefighters discovered human remains in the car.

Based on the totality of the circumstances of this incident, police are investigating it as a homicide.

Due to the condition of the body, police are unable to provide any type of identification or description of the deceased. Crime scene investigators are attempting to gather information about the car and its owner, which may help police identify the victim.

Neither police nor fire officials have determined at this point how long the vehicle was on fire.

People who live in that area say they are shocked it happened near their homes.

“Shocking, it's unbelievable and, like I said, we've never had anything like that happen in this neighborhood,” said Richard B. Kimber, who lives on Falconridge Court.

“Very much surprised because we don't have things going on in this area,” said Willie Byers, another neighbor. “You never expect something like this. This is a really quiet neighborhood so as far as something like that happening unbelievable.”

Some other people in the community told FOX8 they heard a loud boom between midnight and 1 a.m.

Updates will be provided as significant milestones in the investigation are reached.