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Police: Clearwater woman burned alive committed suicide

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A burn dog was on scene in Clearwater where a woman caught on fire A burn dog was on scene in Clearwater where a woman caught on fire
CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) - A preliminary investigation has found that a Clearwater woman who was found engulfed in flames had committed suicide.

Clearwater Public Safety Spokesman Rob Shaw says Rhonda Wolfe's husband reported a fire at their home at 2880 Lemonwood St. at 10:47 p.m. Wednesday.

"The woman who lives here, I think she's in her mid-40s, was totally engulfed in flames and we began to work to extinguish her," said Shaw.

Wolfe was airlifted to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg with burns covering her entire body. She later died.

Investigators say they found two gas cans and a lighter in the garage next to Wolfe. She also left a suicide note.

The fire did not spread beyond the Wolfe's property. Shaw says the flames were contained in the single-car garage.

A neighbor watched the couple's garage door open and saw smoke rush out.

"As they were opening the door, they pulled Rhonda out and she was balled up. Apparently she was on fire," said neighbor Timothy Rowe.

The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner performed an autopsy Thursday, but it did not reveal the final cause of Wolfe's death. That will be released when final toxicology tests are completed.

Stay with WFLA.com for the latest on this developing story.

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