Sheriff: Foul play not expected in deadly RV fire

7:40 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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Currently, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department does not expect foul play in Wednesday's double fatal motor home fire.

"Evidently they were sleeping in the trailer from my understanding," Bivens said during a news interview Wednesday.

The sheriff's department said Tennessee bomb and arson investigators have already combed the fire scene.  Autopsy results may lead to more answers.  A cause has not been determined.

"It'll be a few days before the preliminary results are available.  Of course, the final autopsy could take months," the sheriff said.

Bivens added a third person was in the RV when it caught fire.  Caleb Lawrence's dad suffered burns to his hands and smoke inhalation.  The father has been released from the hospital.

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An early morning fire has claimed the lives of two people sleeping in an RV in the southern part of Monroe County.

Just after 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, homeowners on Towee Falls road reported that a RV that was located beside their home was on fire.

Three fire departments battled the blaze.  Conasuaga FD, Tellico FD, and Coker Creek FD worked together with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department on the fire.

The two people inside the RV did not make it out alive. Officials identify them as Caleb Lawrence, 22, and Brittany Long, 17.

Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens said arson investigators are on the scene trying to determine what may have started the fire. Sheriff Bivens also said that at this time it does not appear to be suspicious.

Stay with 10News and for more on this developing story.

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