Cordova Fatal Fire Victim Was Strangled; Arrest Made

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Update 10/9: 

The death of a woman in a Cordova house fire has been ruled a homicide and an arrest has made.

The woman, who has yet to be identified was found dead in her burning home at 9019 Higdon Cove.  

The Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the victim’s death a homicide due to blunt force trauma and strangulation.  

Today, 22-year-old Alexandre Kim was charged with First Degree Murder in connection with her death.    

(Cordova, TN) - Fire investigators are trying to figure what lead to a house fire in Cordova and a woman's death.

"It's heartbreaking," said neighbor, Brianna Ramirez. "It hurts."

The Memphis Fire Department arrived just after 5:00 Sunday evening. A neighbor called them and said they saw smoke coming out of the house on Higdon Cove.

"We made a quick interior tag and was able to bring the fire under control in about 12 minutes," said Battalion Chief, Keith Staples.

Unfortunately, it was too late. Inside one of the bedrooms firefighters found the woman dead. The questions they're trying to figure out first is where the fire started and how.

"Typically when we find an individual inside when the structure has been involved with fire, we do a thorough investigation," said Staples. "MPD is on the scene along with our arson investigators."

Staples says its far too early to tell if foul play was involved in the woman's death. Her body will be sent to the Shelby County Medical Examiners office to determine how she died.

In the meantime, neighbors in this Cordova community are keeping the victim's loved ones in their thoughts in prayers. "My heart goes out to the family," said Aileen Dean.

Memphis Fire officials say there were no working fire detectors in the home.

This year,12 people have been killed by fires in Memphis. Depending on what the medical examiners office finds, this woman could be the 13th. Her name is not being released until her family has been notified.