Arson suspected in double fatal Wilcox County house fire

Arson suspected in double fatal Wilcox County house fire
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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One of the victims, Rowshandelyn Ann Shoemaker, 41, on the right. (Courtesy: Shoemaker Family)
One of the victims, Rowshandelyn Ann Shoemaker, 41, on the right. (Courtesy: Shoemaker Family)
Shoemaker's daughters are devastated. They say the other victim, who has not yet been identified, is a man they've known for years. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Shoemaker's daughters are devastated. They say the other victim, who has not yet been identified, is a man they've known for years. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

WILCOX CO., AL (WSFA) - Authorities say arson is to blame for a fire that claimed the lives of two people in Camden early Friday morning.

Flames tore through a house on Ballard Street, leaving a blackened shell and killing a man and woman inside.

Tandra Williams said the deadly blaze happened at the home of her mother, Rowshandelyn Ann Shoemaker, 41.

Williams could see the flames from her own home since she lives so close to her mother.

"I feel like my momma didn't deserve that. Nobody deserves that. I had to stand out there and watch my mother burn to death and I was praying that they were going to tell me that no one was in that house. It's crazy," she said.

Also killed was Shoemaker's friend, a man who has not yet been identified, but who Williams says has been close to their family for years.

On Friday afternoon, officials revealed that they have identified a possible suspect in the case.

"There's a person of interest that we're looking at to charge and so it's an ongoing investigation and hopefully somebody will be in custody real soon. It's being investigated as an arson and a murder. It's just a terrible event," said Wilcox County District Attorney Michael Jackson.

As Rowshandelyn Shoemaker's daughters cope with their tragic loss and mourn her death, they're remembering her as a devoted, caring mother. She was well-known in the community and is already being missed by family and friends.

"I hate that my momma had to leave us the way that she did. I just pray that God shows exactly what happened to her because that's the only way I'll be able to cope with it a little bit. I know that it's probably something I'll never get over and we'll probably never heal but I feel like we should at least know what happened to her. She deserved that much," said her daughter, Donshic Shoemaker.

A motive is not yet clear in the case. No other information was released on the person of interest.

The district attorney says whoever was responsible will face capital murder charges.

No word yet on what could have been used to set the deadly fire.

A spokesman for the Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office said the investigation is open and ongoing. The agency will determine the cause and origin of the fire. No other details were released.

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