A Warren woman died Friday afternoon in what authorities are calling a “suspicious” house fire.
Hours after the 1:30 p.m. fire, investigators with the Ohio State Fire Marshal could be seen carrying out bags of evidence from the duplex at 461 Parkman Road S.W. They would not say why they think the fire is suspicious, saying only that the cause remains under investigation.
Within minutes of arriving at the scene, firefighters found Lori Wishart, 41, unconscious in a back bedroom on the first floor. She was the only resident.
Paramedics took Wishart to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where she died a short time later. An autopsy to determine a cause of death most likely won’t be done until Monday.
“We have what we believe is the point of origin in the fire, but a cause we don’t know yet,” said Warren Fire Capt. Rick Yauger.
They might have some leads to go on though. According to our print partners at the Tribune Chronicle, on Monday, the victim filed a police report with Warren officers, claiming teenagers had thrown apples through her front windows and broke them. And then on Thursday, a 34-year-old man was arrested there for having drug paraphernalia and for being a fugitive.
“We wanted to cover all our bases in case there is something that comes up, but right now we don’t have any idea,” Yauger said.
Neighbors not wanting to go on camera said the victim’s ex-husband owned the building and was in the process of renovating the upper floor. Scaffolding could be seen in front of the building while fire officials were investigating.
Fire officials said the building is not totally destroyed and that most of the damage was pretty self-contained to the front of the bottom floor. The state fire marshal should have more information on Monday.