Published April 22, 2012
NORTH BEND, Wash. – A murder probe was under way Sunday after two women were found dead as firefighters battled a suspicious house fire in Washington state.
King County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Cindi West said firefighters found at least four cans full of gasoline at various points inside the home in North Bend -- about 30 miles southeast of Seattle -- as they worked to put out the fire, KOMO-TV reported.
After the blaze was extinguished, a bomb disposal robot found an unidentified suspicious device inside.
The house is now being investigated as a homicide scene, according to West.
The two female victims were not identified. One was said to be about 20 years old and the other was believed to be about 30.
The fire was first reported at around 8:30am local time Sunday, KOMO reported.
When firefighters tried to enter the home, they had to break down a door and found that it had been barricaded with a couch.
The victims were found inside, Eastside Fire Chief Lee Soptich said. Medics brought them outside and attempted CPR, but they were unsuccessful. The exact cause of death was not reported.
The fire was extinguished by about 9:45am. Officials determined that there were no other victims inside, West said.
She added that a 2003 blue-gray Toyota Corolla with Washington state license plates was missing from the home.