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Two Women Discovered Dead in Lake County House Fire

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on July 15, 2020

Police have issued a report on the arrest of a single individual believed to be connected to a deadly fire that took place within Lake County on Tuesday, July 7th. It was sometime shortly before 9:00 in the morning on the day in question when dispatchers connected to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office first received an emergency call from an individual who claimed to be suffering from a gunshot wound. The dispatcher was able to get an address from the badly injured victim and immediately numerous squad cars were on their way to the address of a home located along East Dale Street, close to the city of Leesburg.

According to the official reports from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, when the deputies arrived at the scene, they saw an individual fleeing from the home in question. They also saw that the home was on fire.

Deputies quickly apprehended the fleeing individual, a 57-year-old, who promptly requested an attorney be present before he subjected himself to any questioning.

It is not clear if members of the fire department were also at the scene or just how long after reaching the home the flames were extinguished, however we do know that after the fire was no longer a threat, members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office entered the residence. Once inside, they discovered the badly burnt bodies of two adult women. The reports did not supply the names or any other identifying features of the victims.

A neighbor in the area told the authorities that they had heard gunshots before the police arrived. This neighbor then exited their home and saw the 57-year-old leaving the building. It seems as though the neighbor approached the 57-year-old and was then told by the man that he – the 57-year-old – had just shot two people in the home and then set the building on fire. It is not clear how long after this conversation the deputies showed up at the scene.

While the evidence at this time does not indicate that the fire spread to other homes in the area, it is not clear if any other individuals were injured as a result of the flames.

Charges against the 57-year-old are pending and include two counts of first-degree murder.


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