Residents respond to IFD conducting a peer review on the Flora fire case

There's now more oversight on the investigation into a house fire in Flora that killed four sisters. Indiana State Police are asking the Indianapolis Fire Department to conduct a peer review of the investigation.

Posted: Jan. 3, 2018 11:12 PM
Updated: Jan. 4, 2018 12:55 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — There's now more oversight on the investigation into a house fire in Flora that killed four sisters. Indiana State Police are asking the Indianapolis Fire Department to conduct a peer review of the investigation.

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The fire happened on Nov. 21, 2016. State investigators believe the fire was set intentionally, but the investigation has had many setbacks.

"I mean, obviously there is not a result yet," said Kyle Denny, a Flora resident. "So, it's kind of hard to pinpoint exactly, but it has been over a year now, right?"

Two of the top investigators - Flora Fire Chief Adam Randle and his father, Dennis Randle with Indiana Homeland Security - both resigned since the case began. Adam Randle cited personal reasons, while Dennis Randle never specified one.

"So, hopefully sometime we'll get some answers soon," said Denny.

Indiana State Police are now asking the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) to conduct a peer review of the investigation. That means IFD is now looking over the case to make sure everything is in line. IFD will review the scene and go over the investigative reports.

"Having more eyes on it could possibly help the community get results on what actually happened and get justice," said Amber Montgomery, another resident.

IFD was asked the first week of December to conduct the review.

"I think that's awesome," said Denny. "To have another set of investigators, just people out there. Another group of people who can help out."

Sgt. Kim Riley with Indiana State Police refused to go on camera, but he did put out a tweet Wednesday. In it, he says peer reviews have been requested in the past for high-profile cases.

"Some of it does take time. I just pray for the family and the mom that they do find some answers," said Denny.

News 18 reached out to investigators most of Wednesday for more information on what a peer review entails. A majority of them refused to also go on the record.

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