Crime investigators at Cranston home after possible homicide

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Cranston Police and crime scene investigators remained at the Marcy Street home of Aliss Collins on Monday. The 32-year-old and the child she was carrying died after she was found inside the burning home Friday.

Officers and detectives remained tight-lipped about their findings in the case. It is being investigated as a homicide.

A person of interest also remained on the loose; eyewitnesses had told officers they saw a man running away from the building shortly after the fire started. They described him as a black man, weighing about 240 pounds, and he had been wearing an orange or red sweatshirt and black shorts.

Collins lived in the third floor of a triple-decker. After starting about 7:45 p.m. Friday night, fire crews were eventually able to put out the flames. The other two apartments were not damaged, and no other people were injured in the fire.

Cranston Police said they obtained a search warrant for the apartment after observations by firefighters inside the apartment. State fire marshals and prosecutors will be assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Detective John Cardone at 401-477-5047 or Detective Michael Iacone at 401-500-6582. Tips can also be submitted anonymously on the Cranston Police Department’s website.

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