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Police: Woman found dead in Moorhead house fire was killed before it started

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A fire at a home in Moorhead on Tuesday is being investigated as an arson-homicide, police have said, and a man is in custody.

A woman's body was found in the rubble of the burnt home at 1019 11 Ave. S after the fire was extinguished Tuesday afternoon.

According to a police news release, the woman – whose identity has not been released – died from an assault prior to the fire being set.

Investigators immediately though the circumstances were suspicious, the release says, and they launched an investigation that has led to an arrest.

The suspect, a 38-year-old man from Audubon, Minnesota, is currently in custody at the Clay County Jail, where he is being held on a felony warrant for robbery from Cass County.

The suspect and the victim knew each other, police say.

Anyone with information should call the Red River Regional Dispatch Center on 701-451-7660.

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