PRESCOTT, AZ - Yavapai County authorities say preliminary results indicate a deadly fire inside a Black Canyon City mobile home last month was deliberately set.
The Sheriff's Office said Friday that based on an examination of the scene, consultation with the Medical Examiner and interviews, detectives believe 63-year-old Gayle Martin set her home on fire and then committed suicide.
Martin's body was found Nov. 27 with a gunshot wound, but there is no definitive conclusion regarding cause of death because the fire itself could be a contributing factor.
Detectives did recover a handgun from the burned out home. Yavapai County authorities say how the fire was set and circumstances leading to Martin's death are still under investigation.
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