Homicide probe begins as apartment fire victim dies - Albuquerque Journal

Homicide probe begins as apartment fire victim dies

Albuquerque Fire Rescue pulled Ashleigh Keeto and a man from a possible arson fire on Jan. 31 in Northeast Albuquerque. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

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A woman pulled from a Northeast Albuquerque apartment blaze late last month died from her injuries Monday at a Texas hospital.

The death of 29-year-old Ashleigh Keeto is being investigated as a homicide “based on information from (Albuquerque Fire Rescue) arson investigators,” said Rebecca Atkins, an Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman.

Atkins did not give a cause of the fire, say if it was ruled arson or elaborate any further on the details of the homicide case.

Lt. Tom Ruiz, an AFR spokesman, said the fire was incendiary, meaning intentionally set, but would not say if it had been ruled arson.

He said AFR’s role will be “to determine the origin and cause of the fire” and “further investigation efforts will be conducted by APD homicide unit.”

On Jan. 31, around 9 a.m., fire crews found “heavy smoke and flames coming from the front door and window” of a home at a four-plex near Glorieta and Buena Ventura NE.

AFR pulled Keeto and a man from the home and both were hospitalized in critical condition with burns and smoke inhalation. Keeto was taken to a burn center in Lubbock, Texas, where she died as a result of her wounds on Feb. 7.

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