man's body was found inside a pile of garbage that was on fire on Hendrickson Street in Marine Park, Brooklyn
A man’s charred body was discovered in a burning pile of garbage in Brooklyn Thursday morning, police said.
Firefighters who were called to a blaze on Hendrickson St. in Marine Park shortly before 4 a.m. made the grisly discovery.
The body, believed to be that of a white male, was lying on top of several boxes and had been burned beyond recognition, sources said.
The fire erupted at the side of a Furniture Zone store in an area frequented by vagrants, according to a taxi stand manager who works in the area.
“A lot of homeless people hang around back there," he said.
“It was probably one of them."
The manager said he did not hear any disturbance before the firefighters arrived with their sirens blaring.
The medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.
Police are investigating and said it was not yet clear if the man was homeless, or if he had been deliberately set on fire or was possibly burned while trying to keep warm.