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Officials: Flora house fire set intentionally

FLORA, Ind. (WISH) — The fire that killed four children in Nov. of last year is believed to be intentional.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal have ruled the fired incendiary after finding accelerants throughout the house.

The fire resulted in the death of four children: 11-year-old Keyana Davis, 9-year-old Keyara Phillips, 7-year-old Kerriele McDonald and 5-year-old Konnie Welch. Their mother and two police officers were also injured in the fire.

“I just don’t see how anybody can even think about doing something like that. It is devastating,” said Angela Francis.

Francis lives next door and described the four girls as bright and friendly.

“It is sad. Four little girls, innocent girls lost their lives you know. Mom I’m sure is traumatized to this day. The community is traumatized,” said Francis.

Investigators are hoping tips from the public will lead them to the person responsible.

“It is real important. The little girls need justice. Their mom needs justice,” said Francis.

There are no suspects at this time, but officials with the Flora Fire Department and Indiana State Police are asking anyone with information to come forward by contacting the Indiana State Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628. Anyone with information leading to the capture of the person(s) responsible is subject to a $5,000 reward.

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