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Police: Luzerne fire that killed woman was arson

Published May 27. 2014 01:34PM

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — State police say a fire that claimed the life of a woman in northeastern Pennsylvania last month was deliberately set.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader ( ) reports that police in Luzerne County said Tuesday that the determination was made after an investigation of the scene by the fire marshal's unit and a review of all of the evidence.

The body of 51-year-old Laurie Merritt was found in an attic crawl space after the April 14 fire in Wilkes-Barre. The county coroner said she died of carbon monoxide intoxication.

State police say city police in Wilkes-Barre are investigating.


Information from: Times Leader,

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