Body identified, Walton fire ruled arson

By Conor Mooney

February 20, 2013 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 5:06 AM EDT

Town of Walton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) State police release the name of one of two people that died in a suspicious house fire Tuesday.

Officials say Debra Sundstrom, 48, of Walton died by shooting herself in the head.

Sundstrom, who lived on River Road, was in the house on John Lockwood Road at the time two law enforcement personnel arrived.

While there, they heard two gun shots and entered the home where they found Sundstrom on the second floor.

Officers then left the house after realizing a fire set on purpose was spreading quickly.

Once the fire was out, investigators found the remains of two people, one of which was Sundstrom.

The identification of the second person found in the basement is pending, as well as the cause of death.

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