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Police crime-scene yellow tape surrounds this house in the 600 block of Southern Avenue, Monday, where police say a woman’s body was found after city firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the structure.

Elizabeth City police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside a burning apartment house early Monday morning.

Officer Lamont Butts, a spokesman for the Elizabeth City Police Department, identified the woman as Javona Jones, 34, of the 600 block of Southern Avenue.

According to Butts, city firefighters responded at 5:37 a.m. to a report of smoke in the house where Jones had an apartment.

When firefighters arrived, they entered the rear of the apartment house where they discovered Jones’ body lying on the floor of her apartment, Butts said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and reported their finding to police, he said.

Butts declined to release further details or characterize the nature of the police investigation of Jones’ death, citing the ongoing probe.

Chris Carver, interim chief of the Elizabeth City Fire Department, said his department was alerted to the fire by someone who smelled smoke. He said firefighters discovered a small fire in the house and quickly extinguished it.

“It wasn’t much of a fire at all,” he said.

Carver wasn’t immediately sure which room of the house was on fire, and he said no cause of the fire has been determined.

He estimated firefighters’ total time at the fire scene at less than an hour.

The city police and fire departments are jointly investigating the incident, Carver said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call police at 335-4321 or Crime Line at 335-5555.