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HOUSTON A burned body was discovered early Sunday after firefighters put out a car fire in northwest Houston, police said.

According to the Houston Police Department, a passerby saw smoke coming from a parking garage on Northwest Central just north of Highway 290 at 4 a.m. The Houston Fire Department was called in to put out the flames.

When the flames were extinguished, firefighters discovered a badly burned body in the backseat of the car, police said.

HPD Homicide has been called to investigate the scene.

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