Flora fire chief steps down, cites personal decision for resignation

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FLORA, Ind. (WTHR) - The head of the Flora Fire Department is stepping down amid a still-unsolved investigation into a fire that killed four children.

Multiple sources confirm to Eyewitness News that Adam Randle has resigned as Flora's fire chief.

His resignation comes almost one year after four young sisters died in a fire.

At first it was considered an accident, then it was ruled arson.

Adam Randle's father, Dennis Randle, also quit his job earlier this summer.

Dennis was the fire investigator with the state's Department of Homeland Security. He resigned after 13 Investigates uncovered emails questioning his handling of the case.

And just last week, the Carroll County prosecutor announced he'll also retire at the end of the year for private and person reasons.

On November 15, Adam Randle released a statement explaining the reasons for his resignation:

"In light of the negative press and public attention I felt it was best to release a statement regarding my resignation.

My resignation as the Fire Chief and as a member of the Flora Fire Department was a personal decision. At this time, my attention needs to be focused on my family and their needs. It is my hope that it is understood that this was a very difficult decision to make. I hope to have the opportunity to once more serve the community that has stood behind and supported Public Safety

It is unfortunate that our small community has endured several tragic events in a short time span. Firefighting and EMS are a profession I care deeply about. I have sacrificed and dedicated countless hours and missed numerous events in the lives of my children. I believe it is time for me to dedicate myself more to them.

The Flora community and Flora Fire Department are still in great and capable hands with my departure.

The Flora arson investigation has, and always will, weigh heavily on myself and all other First Responders that dealt with the traumatic scene that night. The investigation is not at all a factor in my decision to resign. It is my hope that one day this case will be solved and justice be served.

The Indiana State Police and Indiana State Fire Marshals have an opportunity and obligation to work together to find justice for the family and all first responders involved in the tragic event."

State Police have come out against allegations of a cover-up and botched police work and are still vowing to get justice for the victims.