A Minneapolis woman died after a man set fire to her home, police say

She died at a hospital and the injured suspect is in custody.
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Minneapolis police are investigating a fatal fire they say was intentionally set during a domestic dispute Thursday morning. 

An emailed statement from police says officers and firefighters arrived a little before 7 a.m. and the woman who lived at the northeast Minneapolis duplex died of her injuries at a hospital later.

Firefighters had put out the blaze in northeast Minneapolis by 7:45. The fire was at a duplex in the 2900 block of Taylor St., authorities said. 

A neighbor who lives downstairs told the Star Tribune he heard the woman screaming, "He's going to kill me! He's got a gun!" 

The neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said he then saw flames and threw a blanket over the woman. 

Another neighbor, Dawn Aherns, told KARE 11 she was awakened by screams and ran outside to find the burned woman lying on the front lawn. 

"She was pretty messed up, burned pretty badly," Aherns said. "I held her hand while we were waiting for the emergency vehicles, tried to keep her calm and stuff."

The police department's statement says an officer tracked down the suspect nearby. He had severe burns on his hands, but is expected to survive, police say.

Investigators say the man was in a relationship with the victim and police are not searching for any other suspects. 

Earlier, Officer Corey Schmidt told reporters the suspect had threatened to burn the woman's home down in the past.

Both homicide and arson investigators are handling the case, police say. A medical examiner will release the victim's name and cause of death. 

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