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UPDATE: Spokane Murder/Suicide Investigation At Mobile Home Park

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

UPDATE: The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the second individual found on July 22 on W. 16th. She's identified as 41-year-old Robert "Amanda" Blanchard. Blanchard is transgendered. The cause of death is pending.

UPDATE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: On 07-22-13 just after 12 am Spokane Fire Department responded to a report of a fully engulfed fire at the Cascade Mobile Home Park.

Once the fire was controlled, firefighters discovered two bodies inside the residence. Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives responded to the scene to investigate. Detectives now believe the incident to be a murder/suicide.

They believe the fire was set by the homicide suspect, Keith M. Barber, before committing suicide. Police do not believe there are outstanding suspects in the incident. Major Crimes Detectives continue to investigate the incident.  Further details regarding the manner of death will be released by the Spokane County Medical Examiner. The woman's identity is still unknown.

UPDATE: The two bodies found after a mobile home fire on W. 16th is being investigated as a murder/suicide. Police have not released information on who the murderer was. We'll post more details as we get them.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of one of the of the individuals found. His name is Keith M. Barber, 50. There is no cause of death at this hour. We're still awaiting the identity of the woman killed.

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Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the scene of a fire where two bodies were discovered early this morning. Detectives are investigating this incident as a homicide.

Just after 12 am Spokane Fire Department responded to a report of a fully engulfed fire at the Cascade Mobile Home Park (2311 W. 16th). Once the fire was controlled, firefighters discovered two bodies inside the residence. Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives responded to the scene to investigate. A gun was located at the scene. The Spokane County Medical Examiner will release the official cause of death in this incident.

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TWEET FROM DYLAN: Major Crimes is investigating the double fatal house fire from Monday morning as having a "possible" criminal element.

UPDATE: Our partners at the Spokesman Review are reporting that the couple killed in the mobile home fire were to be married on Thursday. We're still waiting on the identities of the two victims.

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KHQ.COM - An early morning fire has killed a man and a woman. It happened at around 12:15 Monday morning at the Cascade Mobile Home Community. It's located just off of Hwy. 195, near I-90 in the 2300 block of W. 16th. We do not know the identifies of the two killed.

Neighbors said they thought they heard the woman yelling for help, but the flames were too intense and they were not able to get them out.
Investigators and the Medical Examiner had to wait until a backhoe arrived and secured the porch roof. The damage from the fire was so severe the roof was in danger of collapsing.

Firefighters also handed out fliers to neighbors warning there had been a fire in the neighborhood and listing the most common causes of house fires. It's not clear how the fire started.

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