Police were seeking to talk to a man Friday night after he was reportedly seen running from a fire at a Rockmart home that left two people dead and another in critical condition from the morning blaze.
Around 8:11 a.m. the Rockmart Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 451 Sciple St., Rockmart City Manager Jeff Ellis said.
Other people near the home attempted to get inside, and a police officer kicked in the door, but the heat was too much for the officer to enter, said Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells.
Firefighters arrived shortly after and extinguished the fire, coming across Clifford Singleton, 73, and Mary Singleton, 65, dead inside and finding Melissa Singleton, 39, injured — all three of the Sciple Street address.
Melissa Singleton was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for treatment and was in critical condition with extensive burns and smoke inhalation injuries Friday night, said Polk Coroner Tony Brazier.
The man police are hoping to question fled from the area of the home around the time the house went up in flames, Sorrells said. The white male, believed to be in his 50s or 60s, was wearing dark-colored clothes, and was running on Beech Street away from the residence calling for help when the fire broke out, the police chief added.
The state fire marshal’s office and the GBI have been called in to investigate.