Body found after firefighters extinguish blaze

September 06, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Firefighters putting out a blaze in a West Baltimore home yesterday morning discovered the body of a woman who detectives believe died before the fire was set, city police said.

A cause of death on the unidentified woman in her 30s was not determined after an autopsy, and police said the body had no signs of trauma. A spokeswoman said the woman, found partly clothed and lying on a bedroom floor, had lived in the house.

Firefighters were called to the house in the 1500 block of Mountmor Court about 4: 45 a.m. to extinguish a fire in the bedroom. Officer Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said the fire had been set by someone using a flammable liquid. She said damage was confined to the bedroom.

Cook-Hayes said investigators believe the woman had been dead for some time. She said police knew of no suspects, but added that the death has been ruled questionable until the cause can be determined.

Pub Date: 9/06/97

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