St. Paul police say woman set on fire, killed, in warehouse attack

St. Paul police say a woman was killed in an intentional fire this morning at a shipping warehouse.

Police were called to a warehouse on the 1700 block of Wynne Avenue about 9 a.m., for a report of a woman on fire. Officers arrived to find the woman, believed to be in her 40s, badly burned and dead.

Police spokeswoman Natalie Davis called the incident “shocking and devastating.”

“I don’t have the words for this,” Davis said. “Someone lost their life in a terrible way today.”

Officers said they quickly determined that a man with a previous relationship with the woman had apparently set the fire. Other people were apparently in the warehouse may have seen the attack.

Investigators determined he lived in Bloomington, and reached out to police there. Davis said that officers in Bloomington located and arrested a suspect, a short distance from his home, which was also on fire. He was transported to St. Paul, to be questioned by homicide investigators.

Davis said that police expected he would be charged with murder in the case.

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