FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - Authorities discovered human remains in a home that was on fire in Rosenberg Saturday evening.
After firefighters extinguished the flames at the house on Cotter Lane, they discovered the body police believe was a woman in her 40s.
Investigators have opened a criminal investigation after circumstances surrounding the scene seemed suspicious.
Rosenberg Police believe the victim was the homeowner.
“I jumped back because it was so much smoke. It kind of choked me a little,” said neighbor, Calvin Kimble.
Another neighbor of the victim who lives across the street told KHOU 11 News someone in the area started knocking on doors up and down the street warning them of the fire.
“If they wouldn’t have told us, I mean another house could’ve caught on fire,” said Celia Garcia.
The yellow crime tape went up, after police found the homeowner dead in her bedroom, where investigators said the fire started.
“I didn’t know her name, she was very to herself. She had two dogs. She drove a blue car, a blue Impala,” said Garcia.
The Impala was missing from the home but was eventually found abandoned within the city limits, investigators said.
“I was shocked because this is a nice neighborhood, we never have any problems,” said a next door neighbor to the victim, Latoya Jackson.
“I don’t know a whole lot and that’s what hurting so bad in me. She was new to the neighborhood,” said neighbor Wendy Gonzales.
Neighbors said she had just moved in a few months ago and had been renovating the home.
“They have the saws in the middle of the driveway. They be doing whatever they got to be doing every single day. They never spoke to anyone,” said Kimble.
The community hopes police find whoever is responsible.
“That whoever did this pays for it. And that God welcomes her into his kingdom,” said neighbor, Tommy Gonzales.
Sunday night, police officers involved with the investigation confirmed that no one was in custody.
Anyone with information is asked to call Rosenberg Police at 832-595-3700.