A burned body was discovered early this morning in an empty apartment building in North Philadelphia, adding to an already high level of violence that began over the weekend.
The body, which appeared to be that of a male, was found at the bottom of a stairwell that connected two boarded-up structures between 15th and 16th Streets. Detectives from the homicide division were investigating the death, however it has not yet been labeled a homicide.
The grisly discovery was made when a fire crew was dispatched to the scene for a rubbish fire around 5 a.m. When they went to extinguish the blaze, firefighters found the body underneath.
Detectives say it was not clear whether the victim was already dead when the body was set ablaze.