- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids police are now investigating the death of a woman who was found in her burning condominium as a homicide.

Cedar Rapids city officials say Friday that a preliminary investigation into the death of 62-year-old Robyn Furmanski revealed the woman may have sustained a traumatic injury before the fire. The new information from the State Medical Examiner’s Office has prompted police to begin a homicide investigation.

Fire crews responded to the March 31 fire at a six-unit, three-story building behind Garfield Elementary School. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department said firefighters found Furmanski inside a unit that was ablaze. She was pronounced dead at a hospital later that day.

The occupants of the other five units were safely evacuated. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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