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Suspect arrested for murder after body found in Lake City house fire

Police surround a home in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood where officers are investigating a possible homicide after a fire on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE -- Police have arrested a 23-year-old man after a woman's body was found following a fire at a home in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood Monday morning.

Investigators said around 10:15 a.m. officers went to do a welfare check on the 63-year-old who lived at the home in the 2500 block of Northeast 107th Street.

When they arrived, the heard a smoke alarm and smelled smoke.

Firefighters were called in and officers discovered the woman's dead body while doing a quick check of the home, according to police.

A SWAT team was called and police evacuated several nearby homes. Several streets in the neighborhood were blocked for several hours.

Late Monday afternoon, police said officers detained and questioned a person of interest in downtown Seattle. He was then taken into custody and will be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of murder.

Police said the case is now a homicide investigation.

No word yet on how the suspect knew the woman.

Neighbors said the woman lived alone in the home.

"I'd see her out in the yard or taking a walk," said Tim Winsor, who lives in a nearby apartment complex.

"Being a single woman living here by myself, it's a little scary," said Sara Ashley, another neighbor.

The investigation is ongoing.


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