BOSTON (AP) _ A man, apparently wrapped in newspapers to keep warm, was found early today burning to death in a downtown parking garage, police said.

The man, who has not been identified, died before authorities could save him, said Boston police dispatcher Craig Wilson.

He said a police cruiser noticed a small fire at about 1:25 a.m.

''Apparently he had wrapped himself in newspaper,'' Wilson said. ''We don't know how he caught on fire. The papers caught on fire and he caught on fire.''

The police homicide unit and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office were investigating the death, he said.