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Body found in burned car in north Spokane

A car burns at the Shadle Walmart early this morning. (Courtesy of the Spokane Fire Department)
A car burns at the Shadle Walmart early this morning. (Courtesy of the Spokane Fire Department)

Spokane police are investigating a body found in a car fire in north Spokane.

The Spokane Fire Department responded to a car fire just after midnight in the parking lot of the Shadle Walmart, said police spokeswoman Teresa Fuller. The police department is investigating it as a suspicious death.

Donny Kottke, who lives near the Walmart and saw the burning car firsthand, said he heard one loud explosion.

“We were just about to go to bed and we heard the explosion,” he said. “(When I) got over there the car was just engulfed in flames.”

As the firefighters fought the blaze they discovered a body in the back seat. Multiple explosions were heard from the vehicle, according to a fire department news release. Television news reported that glass was blasted at least 20 feet away, and that bomb squad investigators were on scene.

The police department is in charge of the investigation and is waiting for the medical examiner’s report, Fuller said.

Anyone with information should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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