The Fresno Police Department is investigating how a truck caught on fire early Tuesday morning and why two people were inside of it.
The fire department responded to the area of West Griffith Way and North Brunswick Avenue a little after 1 a.m. after getting a call of a truck on fire. It was found on the edge of a field in the area.
Once the fire was put out, two bodies were discovered and police were called.
The cause of death is still under investigation, but the deaths are being ruled as suspicious.
“Chances are this was not natural or (it was) an accident that happened,” said Lt. Joe Gomez, public information officer for Fresno police. “It could very well turn into a homicide (case).”
Most people who live nearby say they are shocked something like this happened right by their homes. Jordan Quintero’s parents live across the street where the truck was found, he describes the whole thing as uncomfortable.
“Usually it’s just kids’ graffiti,” Quintero said. “Now it’s murder and stuff like that.”
It’s not too big of a surprise for Glenn Brookshire, who has lived in the neighborhood for 27 years. While it’s the first death he’s heard of, he said the area is a trouble spot because the fields often are overlooked.
“There have been multiple occurrences of stolen automobiles being abandoned (in the fields),” Brookshire said.
Brookshire adds the area’s proximity to highway 99 also helps attract potential crime, saying, “The police wouldn’t even be here by the time you were in Malaga because it’s just instant access. You can hit that off-ramp at 65 miles an hour an be gone.”
There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call police at 559-621-7000.