When Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to the Carlisle Club Townhomes in Brandon because someone smelled smoke Thursday, they expected they might find fire. But what they found instead caused them to call the coroner.
Fire investigators say two unidentified female homicide victims were found in the back of the home. And there was something else puzzling – the remnants of a large fire that appeared to have been put out long before they arrived.
"We're not sure if it put itself out, if it smoldered out or if the fire was put out," explained Nacole Revette of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. "With the exception of the external portion of the building, primarily everything inside the residence is charred."
They say the fire could be one or even two days old.
Investigators say they're looking for a little help to solve this mystery, and the first person they'd like to talk to is Charles Andre Martinez, 24.
"We are interested in speaking to him regarding this incident," stated HCSO's Larry McKinnon. "There may have been some type of relationship between him and the individuals inside."
Those who live in the community say they smelled smoke but saw no fire whatsoever. The community's homeowners association president says he knew one of the victims.
"She was very sociable and all that," Joseph Desmarais said. "She just graduated Monday to be a dental hygienist, she was ticked pink."
But a next-door neighbor who asked not to be identified painted a far different picture.
"I had a restraining order against her, she attacked me for feeding the cats...She's been arrested for pot smoking, she's always had different people in and out."
Either way, investigators are trying to search for the source of both victims' deaths and say Martinez may have some of the answers they're looking for.
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