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Man facing murder charges in Prescott fire

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.:A man is in custody on murder charges after police found a dead body in a burnt-out Prescott home early Wednesday morning.Prescott police detectives arrested Zachary S. Sutton, 24, on charges including first-degree murder, arson of an occupied structure, and interference with judicial proceedings. Sutton was booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde.The female victim, who has not been identified, was a renter of the home in the 600 block of Campbell Avenue. Investigators say Sutton was the victim's boyfriend.Firefighters arrived on the scene at 6 a.m. to find the small home engulfed in flames, according to Lt. Ken Morley, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department. Firefighters extinguished the flames before they spread to surrounding structures or neighboring homes. Arson investigators found the body when they entered the burnt-out home.Prescott police announced late Wednesday evening that Sutton, who has no permanent residence and was arrested at the home of his parents in the 800 block of Sunami Court, was in custody.Investigators are awaiting notification from the Yavapai County Medical Examiner's Office about the victim's identity and cause of death.Arson investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Phoenix are assisting Prescott police and fire investigators."We think the fire started in the bedroom. That seems to be the origin point, and we found the body there," Morley said.A person living in an apartment building nearby called 911 to report the fire, according to investigators.UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.:Prescott police officers and Prescott firefighters are investigating a dead body inside a home in the 600 block of Campbell Avenue early Wednesday morning after they answered a call about a structure fire.At 6 a.m., firefighters and officers arrived to find the small home engulfed in flames, said Lt. Ken Morley, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department. Firefighters extinguished the flames before they spread to surrounding structures or neighboring homes. Prescott police and fire arson investigators found the unidentified dead body when they entered the burnt-out home. Investigators are awaiting notification from the Yavapai County Medical Examiner's Office about the identity and cause of death of the person before releasing any information."Right now, officers obtained a signed search warrant from a judge to go into the home, because we were unable to contact the person renting the home," Morley said.Arson investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Phoenix agreed to assist Prescott police and fire arson investigators as they look into this "suspicious fire and death" and determine its cause, Morley said."We think the fire started in the bedroom. That seems to be the origin point and we found the body there," Morley said.A person living in an apartment building nearby called 911 to report the fire, according to investigators.ORIGINAL REPORT, 1:14 p.m.:Prescott police officers and Prescott firefighters found a dead body inside a home in the 600 block of Campbell Avenue at 6 a.m. Wednesday after answering a call about a structure fire.When firefighters and officers arrived, they found the small home engulfed in flames. Firefighters extinguished the blaze before it spread to surrounding structures or neighboring homes, said Lt. Ken Morley, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.Arson investigators from Prescott police and Prescott fire found the unidentified dead body inside the burnt-out home. The name of the person and exact cause of death remain unknown at this time, Morley said.Investigators are not yet sure how the fire started, but continue to investigate this suspicious fire and death, Morley said.
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