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A 49-year-old woman is dead, following a fire in Chaguanas on Thursday night.

The victim has been identified as Indira Hall, from Eleanor Street, Chaguanas.

An autopsy was performed yesterday at the Forensic Science Center in St James, and while the woman’s body did suffer burn marks, The Express was told that the cause of death was as a result of smoke inhalation.

Police said that at about 10p.m. they got a call of a fire along Eleanor Street.

Upon arriving they observed appliances from the Chaguanas Fire Station battling a blaze at an apartment building.

The building, police said, housed ten homes and a pooja-store.

When the fire was contained, Hall’s body was discovered in a room on the southern side of her apartment.

The apartment, police said, was completely destroyed.

The body was viewed by a district medical officer, and ordered removed to the Forensic Science Center.

However, due to some information that the police have in their custody, the matter is currently being investigated as a homicide.

This is because officials were told that a male relative who lived with Hall was allegedly seen fleeing the scene shortly before the fire was observed.

Additionally, while fire officials have yet to indicate what is the cause of the fire, investigators said they were troubled by the fact that the blaze was only in that location – with only two other nearby apartments suffering any damages.

No other injuries were reported.

Inquiries are ongoing.

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