Arson ... Or Worse? Firefighters Find Young Woman Dead

Arson … Or Worse? Firefighters Find Young Woman Critically Injured

DETROIT (WWJ) — A woman is in critical condition after a fire broke out Monday morning on Detroit’s southwest side and has left investigators searching for a cause.

“It’s apparent smoke inhalation, but you never know,” said Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell. “Our arson people are out there now and they’ve gone ahead and they’ve begun their investigation into what caused it.”

The fire happened in a house on Sharon Street on Detroit’s southwest side just after 11 a.m. The back of the house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Forness said when crews initially arrived at the home on Sharon Street — south of Vernor Highway — neighbors told them the home was vacant. The woman — said to be in her late 20’s to early 30’s — was discovered unconscious in an upstairs bedroom.

Fire officials originally told WWJ Newsradio 950 that the woman had died because of the fire. However, they later corrected themselves and said she is actually in critical condition.

This incident remains under investigation.

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