- Associated Press - Sunday, December 11, 2016

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - The fire that killed a Selma mother and her daughter with cerebral palsy was intentionally set, officials say.

The Selma-Times Journal reported (https://bit.ly/2gtvTSE ) that lab tests from the Thursday fire came back positive on Friday, showing that the deadly fire that killed Katrina Moore and her 20-year-old daughter, Coleman Moore, was arson.

“We’ve had people burn down abandoned houses for no reason, we’ve had people set fire to dumpsters . but in the 18 years I have been here, we’ve never seen somebody intentionally set fire to a house with people in it, especially older people and a special needs child,” said Lt. Sam Miller with the Selma Police Department.

Five people were in the house at the time the blaze started around 4 a.m. One resident in a wheelchair was awake watching television when the fire erupted. The mother collapsed while trying to escape the house, Miller said.

The daughter was pronounced dead on the scene, and the mother died later at the hospital.



“In order for her to leave, she had to unhook from the dialysis machine,” Miller said. “She collapsed, and when officers got there they saw her laying in the floor, and they ran in there and got her and drug her out.”

Whoever is responsible for setting the fire will face two capital murder charges, Miller said. The person will likely face six attempted murder charges for the other three people inside the home and three firefighters that were trapped inside when the roof collapsed.

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Information from: Times Journal, https://www.selmatimesjournal.com/

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