Investigation into fatal fire continues following autopsy results

Investigation into fatal fire continues following autopsy results
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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - Police and fire officials say they know how two people found inside a burning home died. Now, they want to know what started that fatal fire.

Fire Chief Michael Carney said crews responded around 3 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, to a house fire in the 700-block of South Lilly Street.

Fire Chief Michael Carney said crews responded early Thursday morning to a house fire in the 700-block of South Lilly Street.
Fire Chief Michael Carney said crews responded early Thursday morning to a house fire in the 700-block of South Lilly Street. (Source: Google Maps)

Flames were showing and the fire was “fully involved” when firefighters arrived at the scene.

Once inside the two-story home, Carney said crews found the bodies of 37-year-old Travis Armstrong and 49-year-old Sandra Hopkins.

Their bodies were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the cause of death.

Captain John Frazier with the Blytheville Police Department said Friday, Feb. 12, autopsy results revealed the two victims died of smoke inhalation.

“According to the medical examiner, there was no other trauma to either victim,” Frazier said.

He added that the investigation into the fire was ongoing and detectives were working closely with the fire marshal and awaiting more results from the state crime lab to determine the cause of the fire.

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