Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Mysterious Arson Case from Flora, Indiana

Gaylin Rose pictured above with her 4 daughters, who unfortunately passed away in the house fire

On November 21st, 2016, a devastating fire broke out at the home of Gaylin Rose in Flora, Indiana. Gaylin lived in the home with her four daughters: Keyana (11), Keyara (9), Kerriele (7), and Kionnie (5). The four girls were trapped inside the house when it caught fire. Gaylin was able to make it out, and was immediately rushed to the hospital. Firefighters were unable to save the girls from the home, and unfortunately they passed away as a result. 

Two months later, an investigation concluded that the fire was caused by arson. However, the initial incident report was unclear. It was first reported that investigators found accelerants in numerous places all throughout the house, but it was later revealed that the accelerants were actually only found in one place. This means the fire could have only been started in one area of the house. Additionally, this information was released by a private fire investigator rather than the state department--which led many to believe that the state was not properly investigating the case. 

Although investigators believe that somebody purposely set the home on fire, Gaylin filed a lawsuit the following year claiming that a stove could have potentially caused the fire. She also stated in the lawsuit that the landlords were negligent and failed to provide working smoke detectors. This lawsuit is still pending, as investigators continue to search for a suspect in this arson case. So far, no arrests have been made and no persons of interest have been publicly identified.

There is a $5000 reward in place for anybody with information that could lead to the arrest of a suspect. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact authorities at 1-800-382-4628. 

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