Family increases reward in hopes of solving mystery of fatal Oklahoma City fire

Tuesday, October 26th 2004, 2:51 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Family members of a mother and her two children killed in a 1998 house fire are increasing a reward in hopes of finding out who set the deadly blaze.

Linda Poindexter of Elk City says the family is offering $35,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the fire.

Teresa Burleson and her two children -- 9-year-old Chelsi and 7-year-old Schlyer -- were trapped in the living room as the fire consumed their south Oklahoma City home on Mother's Day in 1998.

The head of the Oklahoma City Fire Department's fire investigation unit says investigators have followed up on numerous leads.

Homer Jones says they've received information that the fire was intentionally set, but have only circumstantial evidence.

Jones says he hopes new information might help investigators determine if the fire was intentionally set and who is responsible.