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Police search for man in deadly Chesterfield fire

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

After the body of a Chesterfield woman was pulled from a burning home, police now are looking for the man she was living with.

Lloyd Warren Junior, 46, and the victim rented the home on the 13600 block of Duxton Drive. A medical examiner is determining the woman's cause of death, but officials are calling the fire suspicious.

Flames completely engulfed the house within about ten minutes, according to neighbors. Conditions made the home too dangerous for firefighters to enter. The side of a neighboring house was scorched and also hosed down. Ultimately, bulldozers took down the home, creating a pile of charred rubble.

Investigators say they discovered the victim's body about two hours after controlling the fire. Her name hasn't yet been released.

"We were pounding. We were kicking," said Michael Kennedy, who lives next door. He and two other neighbors tried to break in the burning home before firefighters arrived. "This fire had spread pretty rapidly, and it was thick, black smoke."

"It doesn't appear to be accidental," said Lt. Jason Elmore of the Chesterfield Fire Department.

Investigators say the woman's body was found in the master bedroom, located alongside the garage.

"We saw (from the back of the house) that the fire initially appeared to have started from the bedroom," continued Kennedy.

Investigators say a car is missing from the residence and believe Warren may driving the 2009 black Nissan, with Virginia license plate WWA-2759.

Neighbors say the woman was a friendly lady who rented the home. They say her family was on the scene earlier.

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