Sheriff’s office investigating fatal fire
Three killed in moble home blaze in Earle
The Earle Fire Department made a grizzly discovery Monday morning as it extinguished a mobile home fire on the corner of Bailey and Highway 64.
A man, woman and child were found dead in the aftermath and the Crittenden County Sheriff Office announced a multi-agency murder investigation had been launched.
The fire had apparently been set to cover the shooting of the two adults and a small child evidently succumbed in the flames according to relatives in a news video posted by the CCSO on its official facebook page. CCSO Criminal Investigation Division Chief Todd Grooms said the victims names were not immediately available for release pending notification of kin. “When the Earle Fire and Police Department, and Crittenden County Deputies arrived on the scene the home was engulfed in flames,” said Grooms.
“As fireman fought the fire and entered the home they found the bodies of three deceased individuals.”
The Parkin Fire Department also responded to the alarm.
Grooms indicted a multi-agency investigation was launched to bring answers to concerned family members as quickly as possible.
“The bodies are being sent to the state medical examiners office in the crime lab in Little Rock,” said Grooms. “We’re using every resource available to find out what happened to these people and bring peace to the families. I ask that we all pray for the families going through this.”
State Troopers Fire Marshal, the ATF, Sheriff Deputies and Earle Police and Fire Department were still on the scene investigating twelve hours later.
The Sheriff’s office appealed to the public for information regarding the fire and apparent murder.
Anyone with information may contact the Crittenden County Sheriff Office at (870) 702-2019 or call Crime Stoppers at (870) 732-4444. All calls will be kept confidential. Up to a $2,000 reward may be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.