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Police: Former boss dies after setting former employee's home on fire

Florence authorities are releasing new details in a deadly house fire that was intentionally set by the person who died.

Posted: Dec 11, 2017 3:30 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2017 9:53 PM

Florence authorities are releasing new details in a deadly house fire that was intentionally set by the person who died.

Police say they responded to the house fire at 123 Whisperwood Trail Sunday morning to find it engulfed in flames. The homeowner, Trisha Henry, told investigators her former boss John Kalama went into the home and started the fire. While Henry was able to get her kids out of the fire, she says Kalama started assaulting her. She was able to retreat to her bedroom and eventually outside the house while hearing gunfire.

After firefighters extinguished the flames, they found Kalama inside the home dead. Forensic analysts in Huntsville will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The fire destroyed the home, and it is still under investigation.

Police say they were not aware of any prior complaints or history of mental illness involving Kalama.

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