MILWAUKEE -- A reward has been offered in the case, but five months after the bodies of two people were found inside a home after a fire, no one has been taken into custody in connection with this incident. A woman who survived the incident says she hopes the money offers enough incentive for someone to speak up.
The fire occurred near 38th and Wright on April 17th.
"It felt like my world had ended, pretty much. It was horrible. That was like the worst day of my life," Candice Singleton said.
When firefighters first arrived on the scene shortly after 3 a.m., flames were showing on the first and second floors of the home. At the same time, firefighters heard explosions coming from inside the building. It was later determined there were numerous oxygen tanks inside the building. The fire spread to a second home.
The victims who died have been identified as 25-year-old Michea Sampson and 28-year-old Dontray Jones.
Singleton survived the fire, but it claimed nearly all of her possessions and her home.
Five months later...
"I have another house. Somebody's broke into my house twice, and the other day they tried to steal my car. I still have my days where I'm up all night. It still replays in my mind some days, but it's getting a little bit better," Singleton said.
Singleton says during the fire, she was able to get herself and her teenage son to safety.
"All of us could've lost our lives," Singleton said.
And Singleton says knowing she could have died, and the fact that two other people lost their lives in the fire, fuels her burning desire to see those responsible brought to justice.
"I kinda thought that it would be settled," Singleton said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fire.
Singleton says she's happy to hear the reward is still being offered -- and she hopes someone is taken into custody as soon as possible.
"I really want whoever did this to be caught. They have to pay. They have to," Singleton said.
If you have any information that could help investigators in this case, you're strongly encouraged to give them a call.
You can contact the Wisconsin Arson Hotline anonymously -- or the Milwaukee Police Department.
Wisconsin Arson Hotline: (800) 362-3005
Milwaukee Police Department: (414) 935-7360