UPDATE (6/15/2021) – Mobile Police have made an arrest in the homicide on Cedar Avenue Tuesday morning. Terrance Barney Jr., 16, is charged with murder and arson first degree.
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – One person is dead after a house fire in Mobile and police are investigating their death as a homicide.
The fire was reported shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning on Cedar Avenue near Hercules Street. Firefighters with Mobile Fire-Rescue say when they arrived at the scene, they discovered thick smoke and flames coming from the back of the home.
The fire was quickly put out and a body was discovered outside the home.
Police were then called to the scene and determined the person’s death to be a homicide.
Homicide investigators are not identifying the person who was killed but family members who arrived at the scene say the woman killed was Danica Barney who also goes by “Pebbles”.
Family and friends of Barney are heartbroken over her death and say they want whoever killed her to be held responsible.
Neighbors tell WKRG News 5 they heard gunshots ring out at the home around midnight, shortly before it went up in flames.
Mobile police say no one is in custody.
This is an active homicide investigation.
Editor’s note: Article updated at 10:00 a.m. to include new information.