Man arrested after woman found dead at Middletown house fire

Middletown fire and police crews responded to a house fire Friday evening, Aug. 14, 2020, in the 1200 block of Lind Street. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Middletown fire and police crews responded to a house fire Friday evening, Aug. 14, 2020, in the 1200 block of Lind Street. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Credit: Nick Graham

Middletown police have arrested one man in connection to the death of a woman Friday night whose body was retrieved from a house fire on the 1200 block of Lind Street.

Middletown Police say the man, Anson Pride, 41, was arrested Saturday afternoon after being identified with the help of video from the scene. Police Chief David Birk said the woman appeared to be protecting herself in an altercation with Pride, who police suspect was breaking into houses in the neighborhood before the fire.

The Middletown divisions of Police and Fire responded to the 1200 block of Lind Street for a house fire.  Upon arrival, crews discovered a resident was still inside. They were able to get a female occupant out but was pronounced deceased at the scene. During the investigation, Anson Pride, 41, was charged with aggravated murder and aggravated burglary.
The Middletown divisions of Police and Fire responded to the 1200 block of Lind Street for a house fire. Upon arrival, crews discovered a resident was still inside. They were able to get a female occupant out but was pronounced deceased at the scene. During the investigation, Anson Pride, 41, was charged with aggravated murder and aggravated burglary.

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A key witness in the homicide, Birk said, is a female child who ran from the house.

Police and fire crews were dispatched at 8:30 p.m. Friday for the reported house fire. A female resident was still inside when first responders arrived, according to a press release from Middletown Division of Police Maj. Scott Reeve.

Fire crews were able to remove the woman from home but she was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Reeve.

The city of Monroe assisted with extinguishing the fire.

The fire and the woman’s death remain under investigation, Reeve said. Anyone with information should call the Middletown Division of Police at 513-425-7700.

Middletown fire and police crews responded to a house fire Friday evening, Aug. 14, 2020, in the 1200 block of Lind Street. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Middletown fire and police crews responded to a house fire Friday evening, Aug. 14, 2020, in the 1200 block of Lind Street. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

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