(SEATTLE) — A “very suspicious” house fire near North Bend, Wash., that killed two women on Sunday is being investigated as a homicide, according to officials.
The King County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 41-year-old Peter Keller, the male resident of the home, as a person of interest in the case. A car missing from the scene was found hours later at the North Bend library.
While police have not released the identities of the victims, neighbors told ABC News that a man and woman lived in the home along with their teenage daughter.
The fatal blaze was reported early Sunday morning by a neighbor. Firefighters found the two women unconscious in the home. Although responders attempted to revive the victims with CPR, they were unresponsive.
Firefighting officials became suspicious about the cause of the fire after finding seven gas canisters on the scene, which led to the deployment of a bomb detection robot.
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