Family urges CMPD to open investigation into fire that killed couple

A fire that killed Lonnie and Nellie Davis and burned their home early last Saturday continues to be ruled an accident, but family members are asking authorities to take a closer look after a car stolen from the couple was wrecked Wednesday, WSOC TV reported Wednesday.

A CMPD duty captain said Wednesday that police aren’t conducting a death investigation because Charlotte Fire Department investigators ruled the fire was an accident, saying it was caused by an electrical malfunction.

It took 27 firefighters a half hour to bring the blaze under control. The fire caused about $25,000 in damage to the couple’s house on Tom Hunter Road.

Nellie Davis, 74, had suffered two strokes and used a walker and wheelchair to get around, neighbors told the Observer. Her husband was 73.

WSOC reported a car stolen from the home crashed into a tree Wednesday on Wellingford Road, splitting it in half. Witnesses saw the driver limp into nearby woods. A family member had seen a man driving the car before it sped off.

Family members believe someone stole keys from the house before setting it on fire, the TV station reported. They want police to open an investigation. David Perlmutt