UPDATE: Birmingham police say deadly fire was a murder/suicide

Fatal fire investigation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Birmingham police officers are calling a deadly fire a murder/suicide investigation. A 74-year-old woman died in the fire, and her 74-year-old husband died at the hospital.

Detectives say at 4:02 a.m. Friday, October 23, officers from East Precinct responded to the house fire at 1355 Hartford Drive.

Upon making entry into the residence Birmingham Fire and Rescue personnel discovered 74-year-old Janette Cung and her husband 74-year-old Jonathan Cung inside lying on the floor unresponsive.

Janette Cung was pronounced deceased at location. Jonathan Cung was transported to St. Vincent’s East where he succumb to his injuries.

The investigation revealed Janette Cung suffered from injuries consistent with blunt force trauma along with smoke inhalation.

The suspect Jonathan Cung is believed to have committed suicide.

Carrillo says most of the heavy fire and smoke was interior.

“Basically what we have here is heavy smoke conditions and in any fire situation that’s what’s most detrimental to the people that are still in the home,” said Carrillo.

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