TBI: Dickson house fire now investigated as homicide

2 killed in Dickson house fire

DICKSON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Authorities are now investigating a Dickson house fire after two people were found dead inside.

The fire, deemed suspicious by officials, broke out just before 5 a.m. Tuesday at a duplex in the 100 block of McFarland Lane.

Officials on the scene said a resident in an adjoining duplex called 911 to report the flames.

A man and woman were found dead inside the home. They have been identified as 27-year-old John Goldtrap and 23-year-old Lisa McDonald.

Investigators later contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation who are deeming the fire as homicide.

“Our forensic scientists are taking samples of evidence, collecting whatever might be relevant to this case and will be taking it back to the lab for further investigation,” said TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland.

There were initial concerns that a small child who lives at the residence may have also been a victim of the early morning blaze. News 2 has learned the child was not present at the time of the fire and has been staying with a relative for the last couple of days.

It wasn’t immediately clear what relationship the child had to either Goldtrap or McDonald.

The investigation is ongoing. Further details have yet to be released.

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