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Princeton Police: Suspicious fire now a homicide investigation

The home where the Pinceton fire happened. (WLUK/Brittany Ford)

PRINCETON (WLUK) -- A person in interest is being held in connection with a deadly house fire in Princeton.

Police confirmed during a news conference Saturday, they are investigating the death as a homicide.

The fire broke out early this past Monday in Princeton which is located in Green Lake County.

Authorities continue to describe the fire and death as suspicious and crime scene tape still surrounds the home.

"The investigations resulted in the discovery of a deceased person within the home, said Princeton Police Chief Matthew Bargenquast.

He added, an autopsy led to a break in the case.

"Based on preliminary findings of the autopsy, the death is being treated and investigated as a homicide," he said.

Bargenquast wouldn't reveal specific details, saying final results of the autopsy have not been released.

Police say the victim's identity is still unknown, but have confirmed it is a woman.

FOX 11 spoke with a neighbor two doors down from the fire, who believes the home had been vacant.

"We didn't know anyone lived there, and no one seems to know who does live there from what we know, it's a pretty small town," said Sue Ann Neubauer of Princeton.

Neighbors say the home was a rental property.

They speculate whether drugs could have played a role in the death.

"We have heard so many things like could of been a meth lab in there, all these things going around," continued Neubauer.

Police confirm they are looking into the possibility that the crime was drug related.

"That is a part of our investigation, we're just at the start of the investigation", Bargenquast said.

Authorities say one person of interest has been taken into custody, They're not releasing names at this time, or stating if they're currently looking for a suspect, or suspects in the case.

"We do not want to compromise the rights of anyone, including our person of interest, no one has been charged with any crime," said Andrew Christenson, Green Lake District Attorney.

The person of interest was picked up by federal agents and Florida officials on a probation warrant.

As the investigation continues, police are asking anyone with information about the fire contact them directly at 920-294-4000.


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