Suspect arrested after woman found dead in North St. Paul apartment fire

An apartment building in North St. Paul where a woman was found dead after a fire. (FOX 9)

Police in North St. Paul have arrested a man in connection to the death of woman who was found dead in an apartment fire Thursday afternoon. 

Authorities say police and fire units responded to the fire on the 2200 block of South Avenue East around 6:30 p.m. 

After firefighters made entry to the apartment, they found a woman dead inside.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office released a statement Friday saying that Shanna Renae Daniels, 43, of North St. Paul died of homicide, with the cause of death pending. 

Melvin Bilbro, 41, of North St. Paul, was arrested shortly after 4 a.m. Friday. Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) agents along with investigators from Washington County Sheriff’s Office and North St. Paul Police Department located Bilbro sleeping under a Hwy. 36 overpass on the Gateway State Trail in Washington County. 

He has since been taken into custody without incident and has been booked into the Ramsey County Jail on probable cause second-degree murder.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation. Check back for updates.