Questions Raised About Soddy-Daisy Fatal House Fire

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 12/05/2012 6:32 am
You can tell a lot about this fire just by the looks on the investigators faces.

Dianne Cosper, a resident, "At this point there are a lot of questions."

Questions like how did this fire on Crawley Road start and how come Brenda Franklin, 68, could not escape it?

Chief Phil Hamrick, with the Soddy Daisy Police Department, says, "When the call first came out they suspected one person, maybe two were in the house."

That was around five Tuesday morning, but police say Franklin was the only one home, her son was out for the night.

Cosper adds, "When I found out that someone had perished in the fire. I was just horrified. It was just a horrible thing."

Investigators believe the fire started in the back of the home, in the same vicinity where Franklin was found.

Neighbors witnessed the roof slowly disintegrate.

Cosper says, "It makes you a little leary of things when you don't know actually what happened up there."

Now, neighbors wonder why they saw a large white van on Monday, speeding up to the home.

They tell us whoever was behind the wheel laid on their horn.

Police could not comment on that incident, but did say they have been called to the home before.

Chief Hamrick adds, "Ranging from ambulance calls to I think one disorder."

Cosper says, "We weren't familiar with Miss Brenda, she seemed to keep to herself, and we don't know much about her."

And that seems to be the consensus among many residents.

However, police did tell us a little more about the family, like just hours before this happened, Franklin buried her elderly step father.

Chief Hamrick says, "It's going to be a time consuming investigation. Evidence has to be sent to the crime lab."

Franklin's body will also have go to the medical examiner's office, so the exact cause of death can be determined.

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