Woman Dies In Mobile Home Fire: Investigators Declare Arson

By: Robert Borrelli
By: Robert Borrelli

Police say someone deliberately set a fire inside a mobile home last night, where firefighters found a woman dead.

Now a homicide investigation is underway.

Nearly 18 hours after a woman was found dead inside her mobile home in Elkhart, investigators still have not been able to positively I.D. her.

But, they do know that the fire was set.

Neighbors were awakened by the sound of smoke alarms.

Nancy Caserez who lives next door explains, “My sons were knocking and knocking on the door. They knew that there was a lady in there that lived there. So they were knocking like crazy. We called the fire department. They came out here, and by the time they came out here, it was too late. She was gone.”

As in most mobile home parks, the homes are close together.

The lady was quiet, and kept to herself.

She never caused problems.

Investigators used specially trained dogs from the Federal Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms to sniff out any chemical agents.

The fact investigators have labeled the fire arson has neighbors concerned.

“The question is, who did it?” asks neighbor, Michelle Boyce. “Is the person still around here? Can they do it to anyone else?

“It’s weird. It’s close to home. It’s crazy,” remarks another resident, Brenda.

Elkhart Police Homicide Detectives are handling the case of arson, fire and the death of a woman that shocked her neighbors. “I’m just sorry for her, she had to lose her life,” says Nancy.

An autopsy was performed Friday afternoon, but the results will not be released, pending the toxicology test results coming back.

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