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12-026 Names Released In Fatal Seminole Fire Investigation

Sonja Skemp (Deceased)
DOB: 09/22/1927
Address: 7008 Greenbrier Drive, Seminole

Samuel C. Skemp – Sonja’s husband – He was not injured or transported.
DOB: 08/07/1925
Address: 7008 Greenbrier Drive, Seminole

What:  Detectives assigned to the Arson & Auto Theft and the Robbery/Homicide Units have released the names of the couple affected in the fire at their home just after 11:00 p.m., Wednesday night, February 8, 2012.

Where:  7008 Greenbrier Drive, Seminole

When:  The fire occurred just after 11:00 p.m., Wednesday night, February 8, 2012

How/Why:  Detectives say the fire started as Mrs. Skemp was lighting a cigarette while she was in the bedroom. It is unclear whether she was standing, or in bed. Somehow, her pajamas caught fire while she was lighting the cigarette and she was unable to stop the flames from spreading.

 She called for help and moved from the bedroom to the bathroom. Her husband, Sam, who walks with a cane, was on the other side of the house and unable to come to her aide in a timely manner. She was deceased at the scene.

The Skemps were married for 62 years. They had lived in their home on Greenbrier Drive for over 25 years.

Homicide and Arson investigators found no sign of foul play or outside accelerant at the scene.


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