OAKLAND -- Police are investigating what they say is a suspicious death after a body burned beyond recognition was found at an apartment complex early Saturday.

Shortly after 5:10 a.m., officers were called to the 1800 block of 34th Avenue, where neighbors had alerted fire crews about a home on fire.

When firefighters arrived, they saw a fire burning in a walkway inside the complex and found a body after extinguishing the flames, police said.

The identity of the burn victim has not been released, though police did say it appeared to be a man.

Police said homicide detectives were called out and that the department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the victim's death as "suspicious."

No damage to buildings or other injuries were reported.

The fire was in the same complex where 77-year-old Susan Fong was found dead after an apparent home-invasion robbery Feb. 7. A 56-year-old relative was also inside the apartment when Fong was found, but he was unhurt. Police would not say if the two incidents were connected.

Fong's cause of death has not yet been released, but police have classified her case as a homicide.

A representative for the Oakland Fire Department was not available.

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