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Police investigate after woman found dead in burning Spartanburg home

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Police and firefighters respond to fire at home on Overbrook Circle. (June 17, 2014/FOX Carolina) Police and firefighters respond to fire at home on Overbrook Circle. (June 17, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Police and firefighters respond to fire at home on Overbrook Circle. (June 17, 2014/FOX Carolina) Police and firefighters respond to fire at home on Overbrook Circle. (June 17, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Fire damaged windows of the Overbrook Circle home. (June 17, 2014/FOX Carolina) Fire damaged windows of the Overbrook Circle home. (June 17, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Police and firefighters respond to fire at home on Overbrook Circle. (June 17, 2014/FOX Carolina) Police and firefighters respond to fire at home on Overbrook Circle. (June 17, 2014/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The cause of a house fire and a woman's death are under investigation in Spartanburg.

The fire was reported at a home on Overbrook Circle about 12:30 a.m. by a passerby where Fire Marshal Brad Hall said a woman in her early 60s was found dead.

He said firefighters arrived to find fire and smoke showing from the home, damaging about 40 percent of the residence. Hall said the cause of the fire was not known, but once the woman's cause of death is determined, they will know more about how it started.

According to Hall, the woman was found alone inside the home, though her son also lives there, but he was not home at the time. He said police are speaking to the woman's boyfriend and her son for more information.

"We will get with the investigators and also the coroner will be doing an autopsy, presumably today sometime, so once we determined cause of death, we'll look at the timeline of stories and make sure everything lines up," Hall said. "And if there's anything out of the ordinary, we'll follow up on that some more."

The home's fire alarms were not working, as one did not have a battery and the other melted in the fire, Hall said.

The coroner identified the woman as 63-year-old Willie Gray. He said an autopsy was performed on Tuesday afternoon, but the results are pending microscopic examination and toxicology results.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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