UPDATE 9:14 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 - The woman found dead in the structure fire has been identified as 86-year-old Barcie Miller, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Department.
A reward is now being offered for anyone with information about a suspect in a string of possible arson fires in the area.
UPDATE: 5:14 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 - Due to the circumstances of the fire, the Major Crimes Unit of the Shasta County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of the occupant as a homicide.
The Fire Protection District received a report of a structure fire at 3320 Willow Street in Cottonwood at around 4:40 a.m.
Detectives and investigators found the body of a deceased person inside the burned residence who they believe is an elderly woman.
At 5:07 a.m. on Oct. 9, another structure fire was reported a short distance away at 3460 Hickory Street, Cottonwood. Fire personnel responded and quickly extinguished a small shed at the rear of the residence.
Cottonwood Fire Protection District, as well as members of the Shasta County Arson Task Force, worked together and determined that both fires were suspicious and possible acts of arson.
The Shasta County Sheriff's Office recommends to all residents in the affected Cottonwood area to use exterior lighting at night and video surveillance if the residence has it.
COTTONWOOD, Calif. - The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has confirmed one death in a Cottonwood house fire on Sunday.
The victim's name has not been released by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, pending notification of next-of-kin.
The Cottonwood Fire Department is looking into the possibility of arson, but this has not been confirmed yet, according to Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko.
It is unknown at this time whether the fire is related to a series of suspicious fires in Cottonwood.
Stay with KHSL Channel 12 and actionnewsnow.com for the latest updates as they become available.
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