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Slocomb Fires

Joseph Kelley, collapsed outside his home while trying to summon for help.

It's unclear at this point whether the Slocomb resident's death is fire related.

If the state Fire Marshall determines it is, the possible arson case could turn out to be a murder investigation:

Ruth Kelley is consoled by her daughter after losing her only son, Just after midnight, a fire ravaged their storage house located directly behind their Harris Avenue home.

38-year-old Joseph Kelley had collapsed outside, he was later pronounced dead on the scene

Just minutes after this fire, flames destroyed an abandoned house less than a block away on Bateman Avenue.

There was no running power to either structure.

Ruth Kelly believes the fires were intentionally set and it led to the death of her son.

Authorities are awaiting the results of Mr. Kelley's autopsy. Those results will decide whether a possible arson case could result in murder charges.

And we haven't heard back from the state fire marshal's office in Montgomery concerning the investigation into the two Slocomb fires.


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