Investigators: Flammable cocktail used in double-fatal Selma arson

Investigators: Flammable cocktail used in double-fatal Selma arson
Coleman Moore (Courtesy: Moore family)
Coleman Moore (Courtesy: Moore family)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

SELMA, AL (WSFA) - The arsonist in a double-fatal Selma house fire used a flammable cocktail that was apparently thrown onto the porch around 4:15 Thursday morning, according to investigators.

"I've never seen a fire that intense," said Pettus Street neighbor Millie Vick.

This latest development is extremely troubling for Vick who knew both 44-year old Katrina Moore and her daughter, 20-year old Coleman Moore. Coleman was wheelchair-bound and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Katrina Moore was undergoing dialysis.

"Apparently we have people that are very, very terrible," said Vick.

No one has been arrested so far, but if that happens, they will face two counts of capital murder, according to District Attorney Michael Jackson. A motive for the crime is still unclear.

"I have personally been told what this involves, and it's gonna have to be verified," said Jackson.

DA Jackson represents five counties, but he says while he's prosecuted arson-related cases, he conceded these types of crimes are rare.

Investigators and the district attorney say what makes this case even more appalling is the fact the Moore family was defenseless.

"At that time in the morning, most people are gonna be asleep," he said.

"They had a purpose for doing it," said Vick. "I don't know what that purpose was."

A total of five members of the family were inside. Three made it out.

Katrina and Coleman will be buried this weekend.

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