MOUNTAIN PINE, Ark. (AP) — The Garland County Sheriff's Department says a fire last fall that killed two people appears to be a case of arson.
Capt. Shelby Terry tells the Sentinel-Record that investigators believe a fire was intentionally set at an unoccupied house, and the flames then spread to a neighboring house, killing 13-year-old Tyler French and 49-year-old Ricky Clinton.
Authorities say Tyler was spending the night with Clinton's son and another teenager, who were able to escape the flames. Authorities say Clinton died trying to rescue Tyler.
Terry says evidence samples taken from the fire scene tested positive for accelerants. Authorities have made no arrests but Terry says they're continuing to investigate the case.
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