Victim in Princeton fatal fire still unidentified

- The victim of a fatal fire in Princeton earlier this month still has not yet been identified. Investigators also don’t yet know what caused the fire.

The fire gutted a home on Willow Lane on Oct. 3. The homeowner made it out safely, but when firefighters were making a second sweep of the house they found a body.

Princeton Mayor Pro Tempore Steve Deffibaugh said the medical examiner has not been able to identify the victim or determine a cause of death. However, police have ruled out foul play.

The homeowner is reportedly cooperating with the investigation. He was the only person who lived in the home, but often let friends stay with him. Neighbors told police there were always people going in and out of the house.

There’s also still no word on what caused the fire.

FOX 4 spoke to a neighbor shortly after the fire. John Hackett said he heard several explosions.

“The first one was a big boom, it shook my house. When I went out in the backyard I saw a bunch of secondary, smaller explosions,” Hackett said.

Police said investigators are looking into every possibility including arson, but there’s no indication any accelerant was used.

No arrests have been made.


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