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Police: Victim suffered serious injuries before Hamden house fire

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A woman found dead in a burned Hamden home over the weekend suffered serious injuries before the fire, according to the police chief.

Chief Thomas Wydra told Eyewitness News on Monday that Jennifer Antonier's injuries were not related the Lilac Avenue fire that took place on Saturday morning.

The medical examiner's office has yet to release an exact cause of death.

Wydra also said investigators didn't know if the homicide was targeted or random.

However, he said the Antonier's car was found burned in New Haven and that the New Have Police Department was handling that part of the investigation.

Hamden police said firefighters first responded to a call around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.

They found Antonier on the second floor after getting the flames under control.

Friends told Eyewitness News that the victim lived alone with her dog.

Neighbors said they are shaken up and are hoping for some answers soon.

"To hear that there was a fire and somebody passing away three houses away from me, it's kind of a big thing," said Henry Eschmann.

"It's scary. It's scary to know that happened to someone right around the corner from where you live," said Tushemia Roberts.

Police are trying to put people's minds at ease.

"What we did over the weekend and through this morning is conduct extra patrols in the Lilac Avenue neighborhood to at least help reduce people's fear of what is now unknown," Wydra said.

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