Deadly house fire may have been arson

September 5, 2008 4:15:50 PM PDT
One woman is dead, and another hospitalized after fire tore through their home late Thursday night, and investigators believe it was not an accident.Firefighters say flames were shooting out of the roof of the house on Beretta Court at Quail Hills when they arrived. That home was being used as an assisted living center for disabled adults.

Arson investigators spent the afternoon at the scene of Thursday night's fatal house hire. It's a fire they are now calling suspicious. Flames swept through the single story home so quickly, that by the time firefighters put it out, there was nothing left but charred remains.

"It's a tragedy," said neighbor Prince Williams. "It's real bad. I pray for their families because everybody needs prayer at this time."

Neighbors say the home that burned is a community based group home for people with special needs. Four young adults with mental and physical disabilities lived there.

"I know the so-called caregivers. They came in shifts, sometimes some come three in the afternoon, some come later or early in the morning," recalled neighbor Robert Evans.

Of the four who lived here, firefighters had to rescue two of the women from the burning home. One of them later died.

While the cause of the fire is still investigation, a neighbor told us one of the special needs residents admitted to setting it.

"She said that she set the fire with a lighter," neighbor Stephanie Pullins told Eyewitness News. "She said she got mad at them at them because they didn't call the nurse. Because she had hurt her foot and she wanted to go to the doctor and she didn't care about going to jail. And I asked her how did she set the fire and she said with a lighter."

The front of the house suffered a great deal of damage. Exactly where the fire began is still under investigation.

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