Body is found inside burnt out car in south west London – as police probe ‘unexpected’ death

  • Firefighters called to Clarence Avenue in Clapham just after 2.30am today
  • They extinguished a burning car before police discovered a body inside 
  • Met said it was ‘too early’ to say whether the incident was suspicious

Police are investigating after a body was found inside a burnt out car in south-west London. 

Firefighters were called to Clarence Avenue in Clapham just after 2.30am today to find the vehicle in flames. 

After putting out the fire a body was found inside, according to police – who told MailOnline it was ‘too early in the investigation’ to say whether the incident was suspicious. 

Firefighters were called to Clarence Avenue in Clapham just after 2.30am this morning to find the vehicle in flames. Pictured is the scene this morning, with the car’s door seen under a blue police tent 

A forensic officer surveying the scene in south-west London this morning 

A neighbour who was woken up by the incident said: ‘I started seeing all these flashing lights around 3.30am. 

‘When I pulled back the curtain and looked out, all I saw were huge flames coming from the house. All I saw were red flames.’

A Met spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 02:34hrs on Tuesday, 27 December, to reports of a car on fire in Clarence Avenue, SW4.

‘Officers attended along with the London Fire Brigade. After the fire was extinguished, the body of a person was found inside the car.

‘They were pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are in the process of identifying the person.

‘The death is being treated as un-expected and further enquiries are taking place to establish the circumstances.’ 

After putting out the fire a dead body was found inside, according to police – who said it was ‘too early’ to say whether the incident was suspicious

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