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Invesigators asking community for help to find whoever started Flora fire that killed four sisters

Posted at 12:29 PM, Jun 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-23 12:29:13-04

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. -- The investigation into an arson fire that killed four children in Flora last November is still very active, according to Indiana State Police.

The fire, which broke out in a home on Columbia Street, claimed the lives of sisters Keyana,11, Keyara, 9, Kerrielle,7, and Konnie, 5. Their mother, Gaylin Rose, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Indiana State Police are leading the investigation into the cause of the fire with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security State Fire Marshal's Office and the Lafayette Fire Department.

Thursday, Indiana State Police said they now believe there were only accelerants in one room of the house where the girls were killed.

"Initially it was reported that there were several areas in the house where accelerants were found. Through ongoing investigation and examination of the evidence, it was determined that accelerants were found in just one room," said Sgt. Rich Myers, Indiana State Police.

Myers would not say which room the accelerants were found in.

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There is still a reward of up to $5,000 being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the fire.

Anyone with information should call the Indiana State Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628.  Callers can remain anonymous.

State police are also warning people to be careful if they plan to make a donation to a fund established for the Flora fire.

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If you are not confident the source of the fund can be trusted,  you may donate to the IDHS Flora Fire Reward by check to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, 302 W. Washington Street Room E208, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204.  

To ensure the donation goes to the appropriate account, the memo line should read "Flora Fire Reward."