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Husband charged with murder, arson after wife dies in Norfolk house fire

NORFOLK, Va. - A man has been arrested after his wife was found dead in their home as a result of a fire.

As a result of the investigation, 58-year-old Delano Grangruth has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of burning or destroying a dwelling house.

Delano Grangruth

Norfolk Fire-Rescue crews responded to the incident Tuesday morning in the 6200 block of Wailes Avenue.

They say fire crews found the woman, identified as 61-year-old Kathleen White-Grangruth, deceased and sitting in a chair.

Neighbors told News 3 White-Grangruth was confined to a wheelchair and needed home assistance every day. The neighbor says the woman's nurse was the one who called the fire department after she knocked on the door but didn't get an answer. She called when she saw smoke coming from under the front door.

Other neighbors told us they weren't surprised either.

Grangruth is being held at Norfolk City Jail without bond.

Location of fire