FLORA, Ind.– Police say some initial details released to the public regarding a house fire in Flora that killed four young girls were incorrect.
The fire claimed the lives of four young sisters; Keyana Davis, 11, Keyara Phillips, 9, Kerriele McDonald, 7, and Konnie Welch, 5, after they were trapped inside the home in the 100 block of E. Columbia St.
Originally, fire investigators said the found accelerants in several parts of the home. After repeated questions by CBS4, state police confirm that’s not true.
After further investigation, it was discovered that accelerants were only found in one part of the home, which means there’s only one place where the fire started.
This new information comes after CBS4 obtained an email critical of the initial release from a private fire investigator, who claims the state was wrong about this important detail.
State Police recently said they are watching “persons of interest” in the case. No arrests have been made.
— CBS4 Indy (@CBS4Indy) June 16, 2017
The victims’ mother, Gaylin Rose, hoped that development would speed up the investigation and bring her and her family a closure. She had previously complained she wasn’t getting answers from investigating agencies or help in raising the reward money.
Anyone with information about the case should contact the Indiana State Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628. Callers may receive up to a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible.