Woman Found Dead in Manchester Fire Was Homicide Victim

Sarah Jaqueline Kelloway died before the fire according to the medical examiner

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014  |  Updated 7:30 AM EDT
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Woman Found Dead in Manchester Fire Was Homicide Victim

The woman who died in a house fire in Manchester on Saturday was the victim of a homicide, according to Manchester police.

Investigators identified the victim as Sarah Jaqueline Kelloway, a 56-year-old tenant of the building.

Firefighters responded to the fire at 52 Park Street after receiving a 911 call from the homeowner around 5 a.m. on Saturday.

The owner and a second-floor tenant were able to make it out of the house safely.

The fire was contained to a third-floor apartment, where crews found Kelloway dead in a bedroom, according to police. Kelloway lived in the apartment.

An autopsy conducted on Monday determined that Kelloway was the victim of a homicide, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Manchester police and the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crimes Squad are investigating Kelloway's death while fire investigators try to determine the origin of the fire.

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