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UPDATE TO DEATH INVESTIGATION FROM HOME FIRE IN LAKELAND

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UPDATE TO DEATH INVESTIGATION IN LAKELAND:

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation in Lakeland today, related to a house fire.

The PCSO ECC received a call at 1:22 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, about a fire at 7425 Green Road in Lakeland.


The following six residents of the home were able to flee from the home with no injuries:

70-year-old Emma McLaughlin

39-year-old Carolyn Whittle, Emma’s daughter

14-year-old Dailyn Whittle, Carolyn’s daughter

2-year-old Ivy Pearson, Carolyn’s daughter

22-year-old Tyler McLaughlin, Carolyn’s son

20-year-old Marlana Bargarus, Tyler’s girlfriend

Found deceased inside the home were three dogs, and a man who is believed to be 78-year-old Edward McLaughlin, Emma’s husband and Carolyn’s father. He was located in the back bedroom.

An autopsy will be conducted this week to determine Edward’s exact cause of death.

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