GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — Gastonia police are looking for a woman they say killed her mother and a longtime companion in a house fire.
Police say 38-year-old Christa Andrene Smith faces two counts of first-degree murder for setting fire to the Gastonia home where she lived with the couple.
The single-story brick house caught fire sometime before 5 a.m. on Feb. 18.
Smith called 911 to report the fire and escaped unharmed. Firefighters found the bodies of 57-year-old Angela Smith Wilson and 78-year-old Ernest Adams inside.
Authorities originally said the fire was an accident, and Smith said she woke up to find the home in flames. Smith said she and Adams tried to get Wilson, who was confined to a wheelchair, out of the house.
It wasn't known if Smith had a lawyer.
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