Police received reports of a car fire at about 12:48 a.m. in the 1400-block of West Farragut Avenue.
After police put out the fire, they found a woman's body in the backseat of the silver Nissan with California plates which were traced to the San Diego area. Investigators are looking into how the woman died.
Neighbor Angie Little captured video of the fire.
"Heard some booms, yeah, that woke us up, so, before even the fire department got here," Little said. "I live in the house right across the street, so from our second story window it's just right in front of us is the huge fire."
Neighbors said they were awakened by the sound of loud banging. Tires burst under pressure from the baking heat.
"I heard just these sort of banging noises that at first I thought was maybe were gunfire, but I couldn't tell," said neighbor Ross Compton.
"I see my entire living room was bright orange and I see this car completely in flames," said Rob Boettcher, neighbor.
"It's pretty shocking that something like that would happen on this street it's such a small street, and there is really not much traffic at night, so I don't know when that car showed up," said neighbor Joe Smith.
One neighbor told ABC7 he first spotted the car parked on the street a few days ago. He noticed a blanket in the front seat, but that was all.