RICHLAND, Wash. — Washington officials say a woman has died after her house caught on fire.

The Tri-City Herald reports ( ) 74-year-old Martha Turner died Friday after suffering extensive burns from the fire at her Richland home days before.

Turner had lived at the home since 1968.

Richland Fire Department Chief Tom Huntington says the investigation on the Monday house fire is ongoing, but does not think it appears to be suspicious.

According to the report, Turner had been allegedly assaulted at her home last December by a family friend. The man involved had been charged with second-degree assault but he was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. The prosecutor’s office is looking into how the victim’s death will affected the case.

Information from: Tri-City Herald,

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.