Pregnant mother dead following suspicious blaze

Samantha Searight (Center), 31, was killed in a suspicious fire, Sunday, December 20th.
Samantha Searight (Center), 31, was killed in a suspicious fire, Sunday, December 20th.

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FORT DEPOSIT, AL (WSFA) - It will be a tough Christmas for one Lowndes County family.

A Sunday blaze claimed the life of Samantha Searight, 31, a pregnant mother.  Investigators are looking for the person they believe may have intentionally set the blaze.

Watching the investigation unfold, Searight's family demands justice.

"That's killing. That's murder. That's homicide. Whatever you want to call it," exclaimed Sabrina Thigpen, Searight's cousin and best friend.

The woman died during a fire Sunday night.  Witnesses say at least nine other people were inside when the flames broke out.

"People were screaming that she was in there, and I was wondering why everyone else got out but they couldn't get her out," said cousin Pap Searight.

Samantha Searight would have turned 32 on Christmas Eve.  She was seven months pregnant.

Authorities say someone deliberately ignited the home.  Monday, investigators combed for clues and searched for their unnamed suspect.

"We're doing everything we can to come to where we can make an arrest and prosecute this suspect that is responsible for this," Lowndes County Sheriff Chip Williams said.

Meanwhile, family members wait anxiously as emotions run deep.

"I hope that he be prosecuted when they find him and give him the chair," Thigpen exclaimed.

Williams tells WSFA 12 News investigators are waiting on evidence and the District Attorney to figure out what type of charges will be filed.

Due to the amount of people inside the home at the time the fire started--and Searight's pregnancy--the suspect could face multiple charges.

Those charges could include capital murder and attempted murder.  The State Fire Marshal's office is assisting with the investigation.

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