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UPDATED 3:47 p.m.

FORTY FORT — Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman said dental records will be required to confirm the identity of a woman found dead in a vehicle fire in the rear of Edward’s Landscaping Service off River Street Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters discovered the body while battling the blaze just before 1:30 p.m.

Police and Luzerne County detectives including the state police Forensic Services Unit responded to the scene.

Edward’s employee Bill Bruch said he was inside an office when another employee said there was smoke in the rear of the property. Bruch said he initially thought it was a brush fire but quickly learned a vehicle was on fire.

Bruch said he grabbed two fire extinguishers he emptied while attempting to put out the flames. He said he didn’t know there was a person inside the burning car until firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Lisman said authorities have a tentative identification on the woman and are attempting to locate her family. He was unsure if an autopsy will be performed.

UPDATED 2:30 p.m.

FORTY FORT — Forty Fort Police Chief Dan Hunsinger said the body of a female was found in the driver’s seat of a Jeep Cherokee Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to a vehicle fire around 1:30 p.m. in a secluded area to the rear of Edwards Landscaping Service off River Road in Forty Fort.

Firefighters discovered the woman while they were battling the fire.

Hunsinger said it’s “way too early” to say how the she died.

Luzerne County Coroner, the state police deputy fire marshall and Luzerne County detectives are on the scene.

UPDATED 1:45 p.m.

FORTY FORT — Firefighters extinguishing a car fire near Edwards Landscaping on River Street discovered a body in the vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

The Luzerne County Coroner’s Office and state police deputy fire marshal have been called to the scene.

Firefighters responded to the blaze just before 1:30 p.m.

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