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Published: Tue, September 22, 2015
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Woman found dead after Westwood fire was UCLA student

Woman found dead after Westwood fire was UCLA student

A woman was found dead today in a Westwood apartment fire close by to the UCLA campus, and authorities are searching for her boyfriend as a person of interest. "It (the identification) is going to take a while", said Larry Vietz, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.  Police arson investigators are attempting to determine the source of the fire.

The Daily Bruin, UCLA's student newspaper, reported that she was entering her fourth year at UCLA and was studying psychology and Spanish. Marlon Marrache. It was not known if she died as a result of the fire or if the blaze was purposely set to cover up a murder.

The victim, believed to be a UCLA student, was discovered shortly after firefighters responded to a two-story apartment building popular with students in the sorority Pi Beta Phi.

On Tuesday, at least three detectives canvassed the North Village area of Westwood, handing out fliers that said the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division was investigating the death in the 10900 block of Roebling Avenue.

Investigators on Sept. 22 2015 walk into a building where a woman was found dead after a fire near UCLA
Investigators on Sept. 22 2015 walk into a building where a woman was found dead after a fire near UCLA

Firefighters also received a report that a person might still be inside the unit. The cause of the fire, which was extinguished in about 15 minutes, was under investigation.

 

Officials say the apartment had working smoke alarms. No bars or security screens were placed over the windows or doors to prevent the woman from escaping the smoldering apartment.

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