Arson blamed in fatal southwest Ohio house fire

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say they believe a house fire that killed a woman in southwest Ohio was intentionally set.

Middletown Police Maj. Mark Hoffman tells The Middletown-Hamilton Journal-News (http://bit.ly/1fQVwBo ) that the death of 50-year-old Sheri Denise Slone is being investigated as a homicide.

The coroner's office said earlier that Slone died from smoke inhalation. Authorities said Wednesday they are awaiting lab and other investigative results.

A firefighter was injured by debris when the roof collapsed in the April 24 blaze. The firefighter was treated and released from a hospital.

Fire officials said they found heavy fire and smoke when they responded to a call of fire. They said it took about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control in the split-level, wood-frame building.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront

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