UPDATE: Police looking for person of interest in fatal Rockmart fire


Police are searching for a man Friday night after he was reportedly seen fleeing from the scene of the fire not long after it started.

The Friday morning fire on Sciple Street in Rockmart claimed the lives of 73-year-old Clifford Singleton and 65-year-old Mary Singleton, who were both found inside the home after Rockmart Fire crews doused the flames.

They also found 39-year-old Melissa Singleton inside the home with extensive burns and suffering from smoke inhalation.  She was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and was listed in critical condition as of Saturday morning.

Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells says the man they are seeking for questioning is a white male, in his 50’s or 60’s, wearing dark colored clothes at the time, and was last seen running down Beech Street away from the house while shouting for help.

The Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have been called in to help with the investigation.

Previously posted 2/17/17 12:35 pm:

The Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate an early Friday morning fire in Rockmart that appears to have claimed two lives and sent another to the hospital.

According to Rockmart City Manager Jeff Ellis, the Rockmart Fire Department responded to a fully involved structure fire at 451 Sciple St. at 8:11 a.m. Friday morning.

After firefighters got the fire out, they found two individuals who had died and another with serious injuries.

That person was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

The investigation into the blaze is ongoing and no additional information was available as of Friday morning.

The identities of the deceased have also not yet been released.