What started as a fire investigation in Reston, Va. has given way to a homicide investigation, after a pregnant woman was found dead inside a burning apartment building. News4's Pat Collins has new details on the victim.
A pregnant woman who died in an apartment building fire in Reston Monday morning may have been the victim of a homicide, police say.
The fire broke out around 6:10 a.m. at a building in the 12000 block of Waterside View Drive, just off Fairfax County Parkway. The majority of the blaze was contained to an apartment on the second floor, a spokesperson said.
The fire was extinguished quickly, but the door to the victim's apartment was locked, and firefighters had to force their way inside, said News4's Derrick Ward.
Police said later Monday that the victim, 38-year-old Jennifer Lynne Pearson, had trauma to her upper body. She was pregnant at the time of her death, police said.
Amanda Hamm, a neighbor who called 911, heard a loud argument in the building about 2:30 a.m., News4's Pat Collins reports. She said she smelled smoke about 5:40 a.m.
Fairfax County Fire and Fairfax County Police are investigating the case jointly.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637. Or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
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