Woman found dead in suspicious house fire

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Crews battling several small fires inside a Carlsbad house found a woman’s body.

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CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Firefighters extinguishing several suspicious fires in a home near La Costa Country Club Monday found the body of a woman in a bed, authorities reported.

"Upon knocking down the fire they did discover body inside," said Lt. Mark Reno, Carlsbad Police Department.

A neighbor reported seeing smoke coming out of the house in the 2900 block of Gaviota Circle in Carlsbad shortly before 7 a.m., according to police.

While dousing the flames, a firefighter found the dead woman, who appeared to have been in her 50s, Lt. Reno said. Her cause of death was not immediately apparent.  The Medical Examiner is trying to determine how she died.

Sheriff's arson detectives were called in to determine what caused the fires, the lieutenant said.

"She said there were some people who were hacking her computers and her phones," said an unidentified man.

The man who spoke to Fox 5 only said he has known the woman for about two months, he also said she lived in constant fear.

"She  had told me last week she didn’t think she was going to be able to leave alive, it was really odd," said the man.

He said the woman just sold her home and was ready to start a new life.

"He house  supposed to close on Wednesday.  Everything was signed and ready to go.   She was looking forward to moving on," said the man.

Now he's left to wonder if she was telling the truth.

"I'm in complete shock.  When someone tells you they’re being followed, you think  it’s something wrong with them and that maybe she was completely insane, but now that this happened, you really wonder why?"

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