PINE HILLS, Fla. - A day after investigators confirmed a Pine Hills apartment fire that killed a woman and two young children was intentionally set, relatives of the deceased woman are questioning if more people weren’t involved.
Channel 9 learned Thursday that authorities identified Larunne Richardson as a person of interest in the case, which led to the deaths of Carllans Fils-Aime and her two nephews, Jacque and Samuel Gustave, at the Misty Oaks Apartments on March 11.
Kelly Fils-Aime, who is the brother of Carllans Fils-Aime and the uncle of the two young victims, told Channel 9’s Mario Boone he wants Richardson to step forward.
“Wherever you are bro, speak up. Open your mouth,” Kelly Fils-Aime said. “Got no heart. Has no heart at all.”
Deputies said Richardson, who first reported the family was inside the burning apartment, has stopped cooperating.
Anger and grief caused Kelly Fils-Aime to sway side to side as he described the 37-year-old as nothing more than a friend to his sister.
“They were not in a relationship. And I’m going to keep saying it because I would have known,” he said.
Detectives have named only Richardson a person of interest in the case but the family believes others may have been involved.
“A situation like this? Come on man, it’s got to be more hands involved,” Kelly Fils-Aime said.
Authorities said there is no official ruling on exactly what was used to set the deadly fire.
Investigators said they hope test results of evidence will give them those answers.