On Monday this news outlet first reported a police report listed the fire cause as arson, but at that time Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli said the cause was still under investigation.
A fire investigation team, comprised of both police officers and firefighters, are continuing to investigate, Lolli told the Journal-News.
Firefighters were called to the house about 4:20 a.m. and found heavy fire coming from the second floor.
“They were getting information that it was a vacant house,” Lolli said. It took firefighters about 10 minutes to knock the fire down.
Fire officials were told the owner of the house had died about a month ago.
Hoskins was known to police and had multiple arrests dating back to 2001 for drug charges. In August, Hoskins was arrested for loitering to engage in prostitution. She was scheduled to be back in Middletown Municipal Court on Nov. 14 for a pre-trial hearing on that charge.