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UPDATE: Fairmont Police Department releases name of woman killed in Gaston Avenue fire


UPDATE: (3/20/19 3:45 p.m.):

The Fairmont Police Department has released the name of a woman killed in a fire last Friday.

Cheryl Willis, of 519 Gaston Avenue, Apt. 3, died March 16 at UPMC Mercy Hospital, according to a press release.

Police said they believe the the fire was intentionally set.  Officers have seized multiple pieces of evidence from different locations that have been sent to the West Virginia State Police Crime Lab to be tested, according to a press release.

A person of interest in the case is currently incarcerated on an unrelated charge, police said.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting in the investigation.

The Fairmont Police Department is investigating an arson with death that happened last Friday.

The fire broke out on March 15 at 519 Gaston Avenue.  Police said they have a person of interest identified and located.

Officers are trying to locate a shirt/jacket and shoes that the suspect was wearing at the time of
the incident.

Anyone with information on the pictured jacket/shirt or shoes in the West Fairmont area is asked to call the Fairmont Police Department Detective Division at 304-366-2217.

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