(Ashby, MN) The Grant County Sheriff's Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding a suspicious death and fire that occurred Wednesday morning at a multi-unit residence on the 100 block of Main Street in Ashby.

A man was arrested.  28 year old Victor Manuel Marales was charged with two counts of murder and one count of arson.

The victim is identified as 47 year old Encarncion Gutierrez Quixan of rural Ashby.  The medical examiner says she died due to multiple blunt force head injuries.

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Agents and crime scene personnel and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are assisting the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.