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Woman's body found in basement of burning home

Firefighters discovered the body of a woman in the basement of single family home in Northwest Baltimore that caught fire Friday, authorities said.

The fire started around 2:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of Highgate Road in the city's Glen neighborhood, according to Chief Kevin Cartwright of the Baltimore City Fire Department. The woman appeared to have suffered burns, but a cause of death has not been determined.

Homicide detectives have been called to the home to investigate, according to Baltimore police.

No one else was reported to be in the home, Cartwright said.

The fire was under control by about 3 p.m., he said.

Cartwright said it wasn't immediately clear if the house had working smoke alarms.

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