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Homicide Victim Discovered in Fort Worth House Fire: Police

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Fort Worth police say a woman found dead in a house fire in the Como neighborhood was the victim of a homicide.

Neighbors called 911 about 7 a.m. Monday when they saw smoke coming from a small house in the 3800 block of Halloran Street.

When firefighters arrived, they found a woman's body inside.

But it didn’t appear the fire killed her, police said.

"That doesn't normally happen in this community because we're a close-knit community,” said Nyesha Jones, a mother of two who lives nearby. “For that to happen right around the corner, that's kind of scary."

Police released few details about the case but encouraged any witnesses to call investigators.

"Keep in mind this is a very active investigation,” said Officer Buddy Calzada. "I'm sure they have a person of interest that they're looking at. Some of that comes together a lot faster when we do have witnesses that will come forward and talk to us."

The owner of the house said he just started renting to the woman about a month ago and that she was from Minnesota and worked at a pharmacy in North Fort Worth.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner did not publicly identify her as of Monday evening.

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