Firefighters discover remains of woman inside burning home

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A woman is dead after a fire broke out in the house she was sleeping in early Sunday morning.

Investigators are calling the fire suspicious.

It took firefighters over an hour to control the blaze and this fire damaged both neighboring houses. One of those neighbors was homeless just over a year ago, and now this fire could make him homeless all over again.

Assaddique Abdul-Rahman was sleeping next door when someone knocked on his door around 2 a.m.

"I ran outside the door in my underwear," he said.  "(I) went around the back and grabbed the water hose and turned it on and started spraying the fire billowing out the house next door."

Firefighters arrived soon afterwards and discovered a homeless woman killed in the fire.

Investigators went back inside the home when day broke, trying to figure out what may have started it.

"I feel blessed to be alive all things considered," Abdul-Rahman said.

The vinyl siding on his house melted and the flames spread to his attic.

Abdul-Rahman said he has extensive smoke damage and water damage inside his home. Eighteen months ago he was homeless before moving into this house and now he has to find a new home all over again.

"I went from homelessness to having my own house," he said.  "I worked a whole lot. We worked hard and put a lot of love into this house. We didn't want just a house, we wanted a home and now we just have to walk away from it."

Neighbors say homeless people often seek shelter inside this home.

Investigators are trying to figure out if someone set this house on fire intentionally. The fire is currently being called "suspicious" by firefighters and an arson investigation is underway.

Now Abdul-Rahman is trying to figure out where he's going to live.

"I don't know what I'm going to do next," he said.  "But there will be water if God wills it."

The Red Cross is paying for Abdul-Rahman to stay at a nearby motel for the next few days.

If you have any information about this fire, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or you can text them at 274637 and put the word "I-tip" before your message.

Copyright 2011 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.