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Update on deadly University Place fire

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 10, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
July 10, 2009 1:57 pm

There’s not much new information today about the deaths of two people found after a suspicious house fire in University Place.

Autopies have been done on a man and woman found dead after the flames were doused. However, the cause and manner of their deaths was pending further investigation.

The names of the victims have not officially been released. The family of the woman has identified her as Rachel Kalebu, 61.

Firefighters were called to Kalebu’s home in the 5500 block of 64th Avenue West early Thursday. Two bodies were found in the charred home.

Meanwhile, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate the deaths. They were awaiting the results of the autopsies and of investigation into what sparked the fire.

Investigators detained Kalebu’s 23-year-old nephew Thursday, then released him. He’s been called a person of interest in the case.

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