At this point, her death appears to be accidental, according to police. Initial reports suggested police may be investigating the incident as a homicide.
Authorities now believe the fire, which started just before 8:30 a.m., was caused by a car crashing into exposed gas lines in the garage. The victim in the fire, a woman in her 70's, was driving the car, according to a police spokesperson.
The fire was contained within a half hour. It appears the woman was incapacitated by the accident and thus unable to get out of the car, police say.
Police haven't released the name of the victim, pending notification of next of kin.
The garage, which is affiliated with the Hilton hotel at 950 N. Stafford Street in the Ballston neighborhood, is still closed off at this time.View Larger Map