Woman found dead in Carlsbad home blaze

CARLSBAD— A woman was found dead in her home on Monday around 7 a.m.

According to a report issued by the Carlsbad Police Department, the woman was in her 50s and was found after neighbors called to report a fire at the home in the 2900 block of Gaviota Circle.

Carlsbad and Encinitas fire departments responded to the call, put out the flames and found the woman lying in bed.

The cause of death has yet to be determined although in a press release the Fire Department stated four suspicious fires were burning in the home.

“A fire is always suspicious until we know the cause especially since a deceased person (was) found in the house.  It will be suspicious until we know the cause of the person’s death,” Community Relations Manager for the Police Department Jodee Sasway said.

Carlsbad Fire Department Division Chief Michael Calderwood could not confirm whether or not there were four fires, nor could the Police Department.

“The number of fires set in the house is part of the ongoing investigation,” Sasway said.

The Fire Department has turned over the case to the Police Department,according to Calderwood. The Police Department is working with the San Diego County Sheriff Department Bomb/Arson Unit to determine the cause of the fires.

“When you have a sad situation like a death, we want to make sure we do a comprehensive investigation and we do so by partnering with experts like the Medical Examiner and the SDSO Bomb/Arson Unit,” Sasway said.

“The end results could take some time,” said Sasway.

As of press time, The Department of the Medical Examiner has not found any family of the woman and could not identify her.

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