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Camp Springs house fire becomes a death investigation

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A house fire in Camp Springs has turned into a death investigation.

Fire crews were called to the home in the 5300 block of Lorraine Drive Wednesday evening and warned en route of shots fired, as well as a possible domestic situation.

"Last night she called me out of the blue, and you could tell something was wrong, but she wouldn't say something was wrong,"  Monique Noble says of the woman who lives in the home.

Noble adds the woman is like family to her, and she was sad when she and her husband began having domestic troubles.

Wednesday those troubles reached a boiling point when police say the husband assaulted his wife, then lit the house on fire and killed himself.

Fortunately, the woman and her kids who were there weren't hurt.

"You heard a boom, then he went in and closed the door, closed the windows, and then after that you heard 2 shots," Noble recalls.

Witness Jonathan Williams adds, "The kids were scared. It was all over the place, the flames were at least 60 feet above the house."

Despite smoke billowing from the home, firefighters had to stand-by until police said the scene was clear, Prince County Fire spokesperson Mark E. Brady says.

Soon, crews were allowed to attack the rapidly spreading fire. Brady adds that firefighters believe the fire had multiple points of origin.

Brady says while battling the fire, the man's body was found.

The fire was under control about 30 minutes later.

Neighbors say they are saddened the husband would reach a point where he would do this.

"I feel so sorry for them. My prayers go out to the family," Denise Graham says.

Police have not released the identity of the victim.

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