Investigators suspect arson in Georgia fire that killed woman & her two daughters
TUCKER, Ga. (AP) – Court records show that investigators have been searching for signs of arson after a fire killed a woman and her two daughters in Tucker, just northeast of Atlanta.
WSB-TV reports (2wsb.tv/21j25E3) that a search warrant shows that investigators searched the house looking for “accelerants” and “incendiary devices,” among other things.
Authorities haven’t announced a cause of the fire, saying in the warrant that “conflicting statements” given by Brent Patterson couldn’t explain how the fast-moving fire spread on Feb. 9.
Patterson escaped the blaze. His wife, Kathy, and two daughters, Kayla and Madelyn, all died.
Patterson has not been charged with any crimes, and Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said in February that “we don’t have anybody targeted, but we want to get to the truth of how this fire started.”
WGCL TV in Atlanta reported this investigation into financial problems the husband was having.