Investigators: 'Solid persons of interest' in Flora fatal fire 2 years later

Investigators said they have "solid persons of interest" in a devastating fatal house fire in Flora. Wednesday marks two years since the fire on East Columbia Street happened.

Posted: Nov 21, 2018 7:03 AM

FLORA, Ind. (WLFI) — Investigators said they have "solid persons of interest" in a devastating fatal house fire in Flora.

Wednesday marks two years since the fire on East Columbia Street.

The fire was ruled intentionally set and has been the source of controversy after some of the top investigators resigned. The home was engulfed in flames while a mother and her four daughters were still inside. The mother was the only want to make it out alive.

Even though the mother, Gaylin Rose, chose to leave Flora after the fire, some family members chose to stay in Carroll County to help Rose seek justice.

"It's kind of like just be quiet, ya know, because we feel like our girls was left behind in a lot of situations," said Rose's aunt Jacqueline Parlow. 

On Nov. 21, 2016 the home was engulfed in flames. Kionne, Keyara, Kerriele and Keyanna didn't make it out of the home alive. Only their mother, Gaylin Rose.

"It's tough for me to have to hear her cry all the time and not knowing what to say to ease the pain because none of us will ever know the pain that she goes through," said Jacqueline Parlow. 

She said this investigation is frustrating.

"There's nothing we can do about it," said Parlow. "We're not detectives and everything so we have to trust and believe that they're gonna do the best that they can to help my nieces."

The Indiana State Fire Marshall's office ruled the fire was intentionally set. The announcement was followed by several officials involved in this on going investigation resigning. Now, Indiana State Police First Sergeant Jerry Holman says ISP is the lead investigative agency in this case.

"I think what the community wants to know is are we still actively pursuing the persons responsible for this, and yes we are," said Holman. 

He said ISP has two detectives assigned to this investigation full time.

"Yes we do have solid persons of interest in this case," said Holman.

He also believes there are people withholding information.

"It's very frustrating for the family, it's very frustrating for the community of Flora and very frustrating for us," said Holman

He says people need to overcome their fear.

"Know that we will help them remain anonymous if they have information that will help us put the people behind bars that are responsible for this horrible crime," said Holman.

There is more than $25,000 dollars in reward money to help find the person responsible.

"I just pray that the person that did do it has conscience ya know and if they don't have a conscience I hope it runs them crazy," said Parlow.

Parlow said she no longer comes to Flora, even though people she loves are still there.

"It's painful to stand right here," Parlow said as she stood across the street from the home. "It's painful to see that thing (bench) that says my nieces names on it where we don't know what happened to them. It's painful to look at that house and say they died there. Ya know? That's some painful stuff so coming through here is painful."

Family and friends are coming together Wednesday at the Pizza King on East Columbia Street. The celebration of the girls lives will start at 6:30 p.m. There will be food, a time for prayer and a balloon releasing. For the memorial, Parlow hopes a least a few people come out and remember the little girls. She's not hoping for a crowd, but she would appreciate a turnout.

"We're gonna be here regardless.," said Parlow. "I know I will. If I have to stand out here, by myself and let those balloons go...I will stand out here by myself to support my nieces. I know God has them. So if they're watching, they'll know my Aunt Jackie? She stuck to what she said."

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the arson hotline is 1-800-382-4628. Calls can be made anonymously.

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