Springfield fire officials say two fires… in two halves of a duplex in northwest Springfield… were started separately, and both appear to be suspicious.
The second of those two fires claimed the life of a 63-year-old woman who lived in one half of that structure. The first fire broke out in the unoccupied half of the duplex in the 25-hundred block of West Jefferson shortly before 1am. That fire was put out quickly, and Fire Chief Ken Fustin says damage was limited.
The woman who lived in the other half stayed in her home… but then the second fire broke out just after 5am in her half of that same duplex. She was found dead inside, but investigators aren’t saying yet where in the home she was discovered.
Both fires are under investigation, and fire officials haven’t said yet exactly how they started. But Fustin says the second fire was not a rekindling or extension of the first fire, and says it appears to have started separately and independently.