SAN JOSE -- Firefighters extinguishing burning trees and shrubs along an onramp in South San Jose summoned police after finding a body in the flames around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to fire and CHP officials.
The San Jose crews responded to the fire alongside the Cottle Road onramp to northbound Route 85 and found trees and vegetation ablaze on the right shoulder, said fire Capt. Reggie Williams. As they were putting it out, they discovered the body.
Williams said that there were indications that the person had been camping in the area, such as a mattress and tent poles at the fire site. He said it appeared that the person was the only one at the site.
He said the person's burns were so extensive that they could not determine a gender or other identifying qualities.
The California Highway Patrol is handling the investigation because it happened on a state highway. There were no further details about the body available late Tuesday.
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