A 19-year old woman is dead and another teenager has been charged with murder following a fire in St. Catharines.
Emergency crews responded to a fire at a building on East Hampton Road shortly after 6 o'clock Saturday evening.
After the fire was extinguished, the body of a woman was found in a basement apartment.
Niagara Police say a subsequent investigation determined she was the victim of a homicide.
The woman has been identified as 19-year-old Madeline Hood of St. Catharines.
Police have charged 19-year-old Cassell Farnsworth of St. Catharines with first degree murder, arson with disregard for human life.
Farnsworth is being held in custody pending a bail hearing scheduled for Monday.
Police say the victim and accused were known to each other.