Authorities in Kansas City, Kan., are investigating whether a “suspicious” house fire Wednesday morning is connected to the killing of a woman last month.
A 15-year-old boy charged Wednesday in her killing lived with his family at the house that the fire heavily damaged.
Lamont A. Ford of Kansas City, Kan., was charged in the juvenile division of Wyandotte County District Court with premeditated first-degree murder in the July 25 killing of Nola Pierce.
Pierce, 28, was found shot outside a residence in the 1200 block of Everett Avenue. She was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.
Ford was taken into custody Monday at Kansas City, Kan., police headquarters, according to Wyandotte County prosecutors.
About 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters were called to the 1200 block of Wood Avenue and reported flames coming from the front of the one-story structure, about five blocks from where Pierce was shot.
Residents were not home at the time and no injuries were reported. The fire was brought under control after about 15 minutes and caused about $50,000 in damage, according to Kansas City, Kan., fire official.