Woman, 81, Found Dead After House Fire; Teens Charged With Murder

Two teenagers face murder charges in the death of an 81-year-old Orange County woman whose body was found in a flaming home over the weekend, authorities say.

Firefighters responded to the home of Helen Mills in the Village of Goshen around 4 a.m. Saturday after getting a call it was on fire. Flames were leaping from second-story windows when they arrived.

After the flames were doused, firefighters found Mills dead in her bedroom. She was the sole resident.

Prosecutors say a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old allegedly killed Mills while they were burglarizing her home.

The teens were charged in felony complaints with second-degree murder.

Authorities were expected to provide more details at a news briefing Tuesday.

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