Fatal Rutland fire considered suspicious

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RUTLAND, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) - Investigators say a fatal three-alarm house fire in Rutland is considered suspicious.
  
A woman died after the fire broke out at about 7 a.m. Friday at 2 Joanna Dr. Firefighters responded to the home after getting calls from neighbors reporting smoke coming from the structure.

The woman was found on the first floor. Her identity and manner of death was not released.
 
Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said that detectives noticed suspicious activity when they got to the scene. State police have obtained a search warrant.

"There's suspicion of criminal activity, I can't really go any further than that," Early said.

Neighbors and friends of the victim say she was going though a "bitter divorce" and her two children live with their father.


The Telegram & Gazette reports that police put crime scene tape around the home and issued a be-on-the-lookout alert for a Toyota Highlander seen in the area because they want to talk to the driver.

The Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The case remains under investigation.