Thursday, March 15, 2012

David Williams; Missouri; Two years after charged with arson in fatal fire as result of "trained dog," blaze no longer ruled arson. News-Leader.

STORY: "Officials revise cause of 2010 fire that killed three children: Blaze no longer ruled arson; accident a possibility," by reporter Jess Rollins, published in Springfield News-Leader on March 15, 2012.

GIST: "Shortly after the fatal fire March 15, 2010, fire officials concluded that an accelerant was intentionally used to start the blaze. By the next day, David Williams, the fiancĂ© of the children’s mother, was arrested and later charged with arson. Prosecutors pointed to a trained dog's indication that accelerant was found in the home and on Williams' jeans. But lab tests couldn't find accelerant on any of the samples from the home or from the jeans. Charges against Williams were dropped 37 days after they were filed, but arson remained as the official cause until the April decision to leave open the possibility of an electrical accident. After receiving new information, Fire Chief David Hall said investigators re-evaluated the cause of the fire on Olive Street and have concluded that the cause cannot be determined. Hall said the status was changed in April 2011 after the fire department received a report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives which could not rule out a television as a potential cause of an accidental electrical fire."



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