CASTRO VALLEY (CBS SF) — A woman’s body was found inside a Castro Valley home that burned in a suspicious fire early this morning, a sheriff’s sergeant said.

Alameda County fire crews responded to a one-alarm fire at a single-family home in the 2400 block of San Carlos Avenue at 12:15 a.m.

The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes, fire officials said.

Firefighters found the woman’s body inside the home while fighting the blaze, according to fire officials.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office was called in when fire investigators determined the blaze was suspicious.

“The fire department said they believe an accelerant was used,” sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson said. “Anytime you have an accelerant and a body, it’s automatically deemed suspicious.”

Nelson said investigators are working to obtain a search warrant for the home to further investigate.

As of 8:30 a.m., Nelson said there was no other known trauma on the body.

The age and identity of the woman have not been determined, Nelson said. He did not have additional information about the accelerant or where in the home the body was found.

No one else was in the house when firefighters arrived, and no other injuries were reported, fire officials said.

Nelson said it appears that at least one other person lived at the home.

The death remains under investigation by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, and the cause of the fire will be determined by the Alameda County Fire Department.

“We’re going to pull out all the stops,” Nelson said. “If this was a homicide, we have the upper hand on it.”


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