Minn. woman found dead in burning, cluttered home

Published On: Dec 31 2012 03:05:07 PM CST
SHOREVIEW, Minn. (AP) -

Firefighters have found the body of a Shoreview woman in her burning, cluttered home.

Spokesman Randy Gustafson of the Ramsey County sheriff's office says firefighters had to work their way into the packed house as they fought the fire just after 8 a.m. Monday.

Gustafson tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press conditions inside the single-family home suggest hoarding.

Authorities don't know yet if the woman died before the fire broke out. Her name is being withheld until her family is notified.

It does not appear anyone else lived at the home. But Gustafson says because of the home's conditions, firefighters were still searching to make sure no one else was there.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.