Police investigating deadly house fire for possible arson

by: Tyisha Fernandes Updated:

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POLK COUNTY, Ga. - Police are now investigating a house fire that killed a married couple in Rockmart to see if it is arson.

The fire happened at a house on Scriple Street near Railroad Street early Friday morning.

Two people were found dead at the scene, a third, a 39-year-old woman, was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital with critical injuries.

Crews initially thought there were more victims but later determined that there were no more.

The victims were identified as husband and wife Clifford Singleton, 73, and Mary Singleton, 65, according to Glenn Allen of the state insurance commissioner's office. Their daughter Melissa was injured in the fire. 


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Firefighters were emotional as they combed through the charred remains of the home.

“Any time there’s a fire injury or death, it’s devastating,” said a fire spokesperson. “It’s not only devastating to the family, it’s devastating to the community. But it’s also devastating for the first responders who go in there and mentally have to deal with it and perform.”

Deadly house fire in Rockmart. (Photo: Kevin Myrick/Polk County Standard Journal)

 Several neighbors were at the scene crying as crews investigated the scene. 

"It's heartbreaking just to know that people lost their lives," one neighbor said.

Police detained one person for more than an hour, but let him go. 

Fernandes learned that police are looking for another person who may have some key information on the case.