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Woman found in burning car on the north east side Saturday morning

IMPD is investigating what led up to a car fire early Saturday morning with a woman found inside the vehicle.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) -- IMPD is investigating what led up to a car fire early Saturday morning with a woman found inside the vehicle.

The fire was reported around 3:30 Saturday morning, in a neighborhood off of East 39th Street and Forest Manor Avenue.

In the daylight Saturday, you could see the charred road and grass where the car burned as the investigation continues.

"About 3:30 this morning I heard some popping and I got out of bed and looked out my window and saw some flames," said neighbor Jim Richey.

Jolted out of bed, Richey came running to help.

"It was pretty much engulfed in flames at that point so I put shoes on and came out of my garage door," he told Eyewitness News.

The burned remains of the vehicle are now considered evidence as investigators work to determine how the fire started and if it may be suspicious.

Jim heard that the woman inside may have run out of gas, but it could take weeks before detectives have concrete details.

Police believe the fire was accidental, but are investigating to be sure.

"I'm hoping they don't find anything suspicious. We see a lot of accidents like that along the interstate where vehicles catch on fire and i'm hoping that's all it is," he said.

The woman was taken to the hospital and was in critical but stable condition Saturday night.