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Woman's Death In Westwood Fire Is Being Investigated As A Homicide

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A woman was found dead today in a Westwood apartment fire close by to the UCLA campus, and authorities are searching for her boyfriend as a person of interest.

Firefighters responded to a report around 7 a.m. on Monday that there was a fire on the first story of a two-story apartment building located in the 10900 block of Roebling Avenue, according to ABC 7. Members of the L.A. Fire Department were able to knock down the blaze in 15 minutes, but during their search, they found a woman dead at the scene.

L.A. and UCLA police departments told ABC 7 that they're investigating the woman's death as a homicide. It's not clear what caused her death, and if she died from the fire or some other way, CBS Los Angeles reports.

LAPD spokesman Aareon Jefferson told KTLA that the woman's boyfriend is a person of interest in the investigation, and they are still searching for him. He was seen leaving the apartment. Police described him as a white man who's between 20 and 30 years old, and was last seen wearing a black tank top and blue jeans. As of 8:45 a.m. this morning, authorities had not taken anyone into custody.

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It's not clear at this moment if the woman was a UCLA student. LAPD investigators told ABC 7 that the woman and her boyfriend were known to deal drugs.