A house fire early Monday morning in Stockton is being investigated as a homicide after a 63-year-old woman was found dead inside the residence, police said.
The fire was reported at 5:15 a.m. at a single-story triplex located at 9523 Bancroft Way and police were dispatched at 5:22 a.m. to the scene to assist with crowd control.
Police said firefighters working the fire located the dead woman inside.
According to Fire Battalion Chief Brandon Doolan, a second alarm was called but the fire was handled quickly by crews.
A 60-year-old man and a 2-year-old boy were taken to a hospital with burns but are expected to survive.
Investigators believe the fire appeared to be intentionally set, police said. A vehicle parked on the street was also severely burned.
The Stockton Police Department is asking anyone with information about the house fire to call their non-emergency line at (209) 937-8377 or the department’s Investigations Division at (209) 937-8323.