Two women found dead Monday morning during a fire at their Hudson home were victims of homicidal violence, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
Investigators said they believe the fire was set to cover up the crime.
The case was officially ruled a homicide, and an investigation is ongoing.
The women were identified by authorities as Jessica Keith and Amber Lynn Jordan, 24-year-old roommates living at 14235 Pine St.
Firefighters were called to the house about 7 a.m. Monday.
A neighbor, Josh Smith, said he ran to help the women, and received burns on his right hand and singed hair while pulling one of them out of the home. Smith said he could not check if anyone else was inside because of the intense flames and billowing smoke.
He said Keith and Jordan had lived at the house for less than a month.
A small dog, which was caged inside the house, also died in the fire, authorities said.
Anyone with information on the case was asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 873-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.crimestopperstb.com. A reward of up to $3,000 has been offered for information that leads to the identification and arrest of suspects in the case.