Woman found dead after fire at Tacoma home had been shot

The woman found dead inside her burned South Tacoma home Sunday had been shot, and police are investigating her death as a homicide.

The woman, whose name has not been released, died of multiple gunshot wounds, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said Monday.

Meanwhile, her husband, who was burned after fire engulfed their home early Sunday, was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Because of the man’s injuries, detectives have not been able to interview him.

Detectives have identified no suspects or persons of interest in the woman’s death. No motive has been released.

Fire and police investigators returned Monday to the couple’s home in the 7200 block of South Lawrence Street, looking for clues concerning the homicide and fire. Cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

Firefighters were called to the home just after 3:20 a.m. Sunday when an explosion and flames erupted near a trailer parked near the home. A neighbor reported seeing the husband running outside with his clothes on fire and screaming about his wife.

Firefighters later found the wife’s body inside the home.

Fire and police investigators have called the fire suspicious.

The death is the first homicide of the new year in Tacoma.