Miami Woman Dies In 'Suspicious' House Fire

A woman died early Wednesday morning after a fire that is being called suspicious broke out inside her home, NBC 6's Martha Sugalski reported.


Miami police say Kermit Griffin, 59, ran across the street to call 911 after his wife, Katherine Polack, 48, became trapped at about 2 a.m.

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When rescuers got to the house at Northwest 13th Avenue and 70th Street, they found the woman in a back room. She died a short time later.

"Because of the iron front door, we weren't able to make our way inside there. So, we went around the side of the house, made our way inside, where we found a female victim in her mid-40s who was laying on the floor by the bathroom," said Ignatius Carroll, of Miami Fire-Rescue.

Police said Griffin, the only eyewitness, told them his wife purposely burned down the house and is responsible.

Police said they are more than familiar with the couple after responding to numerous domestic calls.

Neighbors said they are not surprised about what happened.

"I was sad that this is how it ended up. I'm sad that it ended up like this but, really, to be honest, it was inevitable, because they always went at it," one neighbor said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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