Fresno police say deadly house fire is suspicious

Fresno police say deadly house fire is suspicious

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno police said the deadly house fire in central Fresno is suspicious.

It was a somber scene for firefighters who discovered a woman in her 50's dead, inside a home on East Peralta just before 3 p.m. Monday.

Neighbor Scott DeGroot saw smoke and rushed to help. "I immediately ran to the spicket, and grabbed the garden hose, and tried to put the fire out from the front door," he said.

Inside the home, firefighters battled the flames and made the tragic discovery. People were seen outside the home wiping away tears and talking to firefighters.

Linda Johnson said she has been friends with the victim for 17 years. "She was wonderful, sweet, beautiful person. She was a poet and writer," said Johnson. "I saw her a couple of days ago but she was staying to herself and wasn't answering her phone."

Arson investigators and Fresno police detectives are trying to get to the bottom of how this fire started.

"At this time, we're investigating it suspicious circumstances, suspicious death," said Fresno Police Lt. Carl McKnight.

Police wouldn't elaborate on why this is a suspicious death. They say an autopsy will likely be done, and the coroner will determine the cause of death.

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