House fire where Auburn woman found dead ruled arson

Staff writerMarch 26, 2014 

A fire that severely damaged an Auburn home where a woman was found dead was incendiary, the Valley Regional Fire Authority said Wednesday.

Multiple neighbors in the 5000 block of Elliot Ct. SE called 911 about 3:45 p.m. Sunday and reported hearing an explosion and breaking glass before seeing smoke and flames from the second-story of the house.

Firefighters found the woman in the upstairs master bedroom but she was already dead. The fire is believed to have started in the same room.

Crews put out the blaze, which caused about $170,000 in damages, mostly to the second-floor. The first floor and basement suffered heavy water damage.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has not identified the woman or issued a cause of death. Auburn police are investigating the death.

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