Suicide Investigation Underway in Pinellas Park Fire
July 26, 2014
UPDATE 4:46 pm
When the detectives and medical examiner entered the residence, they set out to conduct a physical examination of the decedent. At the conclusion of the examination, the detectives were able to establish that the trauma to the woman was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It is now believed that the fire was intentionally set by the woman shortly before she took her own life.
Original Posting 10:07AM
A 911 call was received regarding a residential structure fire at about 6:25 AM on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The address of the residence is 7600 71st Avenue N. Neighbors were attempting to access the residence in attempt to get any victim(s) from the home. One neighbor was reportedly overcome with smoke prior to the arrival of the fire department.
Responding fire crews were able to see smoke from Park Blvd and 66th Street. Initial crews from Pinellas Park Fire Department reported the structure to be fully involved upon their arrival. One deceased victim was located and crews were ordered to retreat from the structure as the roof began to collapse.
According to Sgt. Adam Geissenberger of the Pinellas Police Department, the death is being treated as a homicide due to the suspicious nature of the fire and visible injuries to the decedent. Investigators are also now attempting to locate her vehicle which was not on-scene.
The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office and Pinellas Park Police Department will continue the investigation.
Additional information will be released when available
Other crews from Pinellas Park Fire Department, Seminole Fire Rescue, Sunstar, and Pinellas Park Police Department were dispatched to the scene.
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