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Woman killed in Gulfport house fire identified

Only one person was inside, and authorities say they did not make it out. (Photo source: WLOX) Only one person was inside, and authorities say they did not make it out. (Photo source: WLOX)
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    Deadly overnight house fire in Gulfport

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-05-03 15:55:56 GMT
    Gulfport Fire and the state fire marshal have been hard at work all morning at the scene of a fatal fire in the Windsong neighborhood. (Photo source: WLOX)Gulfport Fire and the state fire marshal have been hard at work all morning at the scene of a fatal fire in the Windsong neighborhood. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Investigators with the Gulfport Fire Department are looking into a deadly fire. According to authorities, the blaze broke out at a home off Locust Hill Drive in Gulfport.

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    Investigators with the Gulfport Fire Department are looking into a deadly fire. According to authorities, the blaze broke out at a home off Locust Hill Drive in Gulfport.

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove has identified the woman who died in a Gulfport house fire early Wednesday morning.

The coroner said 38-year-old Erica Trahan is the woman who died in that blaze in the Windsong subdivision off Three Rivers Rd. A cause of death has not been determined.

The house of Locust Hill Dr. caught fire around 2:30 a.m. Firefighters responded to the scene after neighbors called for help.

Gulfport Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt said his investigators sent off the evidence they collected from the scene to a lab so it can be analyzed.

They’re confident they know the cause of the fire and the origin of the fire. At this point, Beyerstedt said, “We haven’t uncovered any evidence related to any criminal activity related to that tragedy.”

Investigators are aware of issues inside the home earlier in the day. Beyerstedt said police apparently got called to the residence at one point. 

Neighbors told investigators about unrest they noticed in the home before the fire ignited. However, Beyerstedt said the investigation “determined we haven’t discovered any criminal activity at this point.”

An autopsy report will help determine the reason Trahan died.  Beyerstedt the findings from the autopsy and the lab technician’s analysis of the evidence will help investigators answer unresolved questions about the death.

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