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A fire that claimed the life of one person this morning in Confidence is now being called a homicide.

Tuolumne County Sheriffs Department Lt. John Steely told just before noon today the fire is a crime scene, and the victim still inside.

He says one subject is now in custody in connection with the fire.

Investigators say one person, believed to be a woman, died in the 10 a.m. blaze that destroyed a two-story home on the 22500 block of Confidence Road.

No names, either of the victim or the suspect, have been released at this time.

The wooden home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived and a person was reported trapped in a burning bedroom. Dozens of firefighters from agencies through out the Mother Lode battled the blaze. The fire at one time threatened two nearby homes.

Earlier this morning, Battalion Chief Dan Ward said the fire seemed suspicious in nature and they suspected “foul play.”

Another person, believed to be a resident in the home was transported to a Sonora hospital for treatment. The nature of their injuries is unknown.

Steely says they are waiting until the fire is completely out until they can get in and retrieve the body.

Fire investigations and law enforcement will continue to be at the home throughout the afternoon.