One man is dead after a fatal vehicle fire occurred early this morning at Celebration Park in Federal Way.
South King Fire and Rescue (SKFR), along with police, responded to the incident at approximately 7:15 a.m. at the park, located at 1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way.
Upon arrival, SKFR crews worked quickly to extinguish the car fire, then found a body inside the vehicle, fire officials said.
“Once they had the fire knocked down, they discovered a possible patient inside the vehicle … Crews then backed away to preserve the scene evidence,” said Lt. Brad Chaney, public information officer for SKFR.
Federal Way police believe this incident was a suicide, said Cmdr. Kurt Schwan with the Federal Way Police Department.
“We spoke with family members of the deceased and have Safe City surveillance video of the vehicle in the park,” he stated in an email.
The King County Sheriff’s Office could not confirm the deceased’s cause of death, which is pending the King County Medical Examiners determination.
“The fire investigators told me that they don’t believe there is anything criminal in nature, however, they’re unable to confirm how he died,” said KCSO Sgt. Ryan Abbott.
The body was removed from the car around 10:15 a.m.
The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiners office, he added.
Abbott also confirmed the vehicle is not listed as stolen and said investigators did speak with the vehicle’s owners, who are family members of the deceased man, to find out why the car was at Celebration Park.
Federal Way police, along with KCSO’s fire investigators, are still on scene gathering evidence to determine how the fire started.
“Witnesses reported seeing nothing suspicious in or around the vehicle prior to the fire,” Schwan stated. “Detectives are currently working with fire investigators to determine what occurred.”
At this time, it is unclear what caused the fire.