Woman's Body Found in Burning Shed

Her cause of death still pending, investigators say.

By Darcy Spencer and Arlene Borenstein
|  Monday, May 3, 2010  |  Updated 4:13 PM EDT
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Fairfax police and fire officials are working to find out what killed a woman whose body was found in a burning shed in Alexandria.
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Officials in Fairfax County are investigating a fire that resulted in the discovery of a woman's body.

A shed in Alexandria, Va., was still ablaze when fire crews responded to the call early Saturday evening.

"When they arrived they encountered about a 10-by-20-foot shed fully involved with the brush adjacent to it on fire," said Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Captain Robert Konczal.

The shed, located in the backyard of a home in the 6700 block of Villa Street was destroyed. Inside the structure, firefighters located the body of an adult female. The fire, officials say, was initially reported by a passer-by at about 6:30 p.m.

Nearby resident Andrew Rutledge said he could also see the flames as he was passing by.

"We saw smoke first then we…got a good line of sight between the trees and the church and saw flames 8 to 10 feet tall shooting up," Rutledge said. "The fire trucks were right behind us."

Investigators have not identified the woman who was found in the shed. They also have not released any details on how she may have ended up inside or whether any foul play is involved. Officials say they are hoping for more information regarding her exact cause of death by early next week.

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