Family: Woman killed in fatal Attica fire may have set blaze
Woman had history of mental illness, family says
Last Updated: 252 days ago
ATTICA, Ind. - An Attica woman killed in a house fire may have set the blaze herself, family members said.
Firefighters were called a home in the 1300 block of Perry Street just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Journal-Courier reported.
Margaret Roarks, 67, was unconscious when she was pulled from the home. She died a short time later at St. Vincent Williamsport Hospital.
Family members told the newspaper that Roarks had a history of mental issues and had been acting erratic and violent the night of the fire.
Roarks had a "mental episode" while her cousin and her cousin's three children were visiting Wednesday night, throwing a dog across the room and hitting one of the children with a lamp, family members said.
The family called 911 and officers came to the house, but police said no one indicated that they wished to press charges.
It's believed the fire started 45 minutes after police and family members left the home.
"A lot of people will sit there and judge (Roarks), but you've got to know her to understand and not make conclusions," family spokesman Clint Slinker told the newspaper. "A lot of people judge without even knowing."
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