The investigation continues into two suspicious fires… in the two halves of a Springfield duplex… that left a 63-year-old woman dead.
The first fire broke out just before 1am Monday in the unoccupied half of the duplex on West Jefferson and was put out quickly.
The occupant of the other half of the structure, Eva Pellizzari, decided to stay in her home. Four hours later, firefighters were called back to find her side of the duplex engulfed in flames. Pellizzari died of trauma from the fire.
Fire Chief Ken Fustin says the second fire was started separately, and was not just a rekindling of the first blaze.
But officials haven’t said how the fires started, or discussed any possible suspects or motives.