(CNS) A man's burned body was found today at the scene of a brush fire on La Tuna Canyon Road near the Foothill (210) Freeway in Sun Valley, police said.
The fire burning off La Tuna Canyon Road near the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway was reported at 2:42 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol's online Traffic Incident Information Page.
Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters rushed to the scene and found the man's body, said Sgt. Jim Reid of the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Station. The death was being investigated as a homicide, he said.
Firefighters were mopping up after extinguishing the blaze and homicide detectives were sent to the scene, where the body remained as dawn approached, Reid said.
Arson investigators were also sent to the scene, said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The body was found in a steep ravine near a trailhead in the Santa Monica Conservatory Park, he said.
The fire was only 20 square feet and was quickly extinguished, Scott said.