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Woman's death following explosion at her Cedar Rapids home ruled a homicide

Cedar Rapids Police have taped off the home and garage of 1814 I St. SW. Gina Frederiksen, 38, was found in the 2-stall garage of the home on Sunday, April 29th. She has died, and her death has been ruled a homicide. (Max Freund/ The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Police have taped off the home and garage of 1814 I St. SW. Gina Frederiksen, 38, was found in the 2-stall garage of the home on Sunday, April 29th. She has died, and her death has been ruled a homicide. (Max Freund/ The Gazette)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — A suspicious death investigation involving a woman who died after being pulled from a burning garage Sunday has now been ruled as a homicide, police said Monday.

The woman has been identified as Gina Frederiksen, 38, who lived at 1814 I Street, where neighbors told police they heard a loud boom about 7:34 a.m. and then saw a garage at the residence engulfed in flames, according to a Cedar Rapids police news release.

As police and firefighters arrived at the home they found the garage fully engulfed, and a police officer at the scene helped pull out Frederiksen from the burning structure. Although emergency medical care was given to Frederiksen, she died a short time later at a local hospital.

The Iowa State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Frederiksen, according to the release, and the manner of death was ruled as a homicide. The cause of death is not being released at this time.

This is an ongoing police investigation and no further information was being released Monday.

Police urge anyone with information about this homicide to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME.

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