CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A pregnant woman and her unborn child are dead after a suspicious fire, and police are investigating the incident as a possible homicide.
Police Chief Michael Winquist told Eyewitness News that firefighters responded to 35/37 Marcy Street Friday around 7:45 p.m.
When crews arrived they found the fire in a third-floor apartment.
The fire was contained to the apartment, but firefighters found the body of 32-year-old Aliss Collins. She was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where she and her unborn baby were pronounced dead.
Police said no other apartments in the building were damaged.
Witnesses told officers that they saw a black man running away from the building shortly after the fire started. He was described as weighing about 240 pounds and wearing an orange or red sweatshirt and black shorts.
Cranston police detectives remained at the scene throughout the day Saturday.
Chief Winquist said that investigators are waiting on the autopsy results to determine her cause of death, but are treating the incident as a homicide pending further information.
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.