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CEDAR RAPIDS — An arrest has been made following a fatal garage fire that took the life of a former Cedar Falls woman.

Police arrested 38-year-old Timothy W. Evans for first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and first-degree arson in the death of Gina Frederiksen, 38, of 1814 I St., Cedar Rapids.

Police accuse Evans of breaking into the detached garage, assaulting and murdering Frederiksen, and then setting fire to the garage.

Neighbors told police they heard a loud boom about 7:34 a.m. Sunday and then saw a garage at the residence engulfed in flames, according to a Cedar Rapids police news release.

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As police and firefighters arrived at the home they found the garage fully engulfed, and a police officer at the scene helped pull out Frederiksen from the burning structure. Although emergency medical care was given to Frederiksen, she died a short time later at a local hospital.

The Iowa State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Frederiksen, according to the release, and the manner of death was ruled as a homicide. The cause of death is not being released at this time.

Frederiksen, formerly known as Gina Pixler, graduated from Cedar Falls High School and studied at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.

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