~All that remains~
“Hello…. you have reached the Riverview Police Department, how can we be of assistance”?
“Hello…Mam/Sir, what is your emergency?”
“…please… please come… (muffled crying)…help…(phone interference)…”
“Mam, you will need to give me a location… What is the nature of your emergency?”
“…(coughing)…please… it’s Maximillion…(crying)…CrinkleWinkle…PLEASE HURRY!”
“Ms CrinkleWinkle, are you in danger?”
“…please come…(panicked breathing)…it’s “him”… please…come quickly…(phone interference)…he, (pause)he’s in the house…(sobbing)”
“Ms CrinkleWinkle, we have emergency services on the way, please try to stay calm. Stay on the line with me. Who is there Ms CrinkleWinkle?”
“…(crying)…burning…(cough), PLEASE HURRY…help us…the babies!”
“Ms CrinkleWinkle, is there a fire?”
“Ms CrinkleWinkle… hello?… is there a fire?”
“…(panicked breathing)… he’s here…(muffled noices)…help…AAARRRRRR…(screaming)”
“Ms CrinkleWinkle! PLEASE respond?”
“…(muffled sounds of a scuffle)…(chilling laughter)…”
“…(line goes dead)…”
(Live news report)
This is Jean Simmons reporting live from 345 Riverblossom Hills Drive.
In the early hours of this morning, police received an emergency call from the homeowner, a Ms Maximillion CrinkleWinkle. At this stage details are sketchy, but it appears that a fire broke out somewhere in the house, rapidly spreading through the entire mansion.
Firemen have been on the scene for hours battling with the blaze.
The Fire Chief has refused to comment until a full investigation has been completed.
So far noone has been pulled out of the inferno alive, and hopes are bleak that any family members survived this tragedy.
Police Chief Justin Long is working in collaboration with the forensic arson investigation unit and has vowed that no stone will be left unturned in this matter.
(Riverview Times, 6 hours later)
The peaceful, sleeping town of Riverview awoke to a shocking tragedy this morning.
Police and the Fire Department were called to the scene of an affluent Riverview family in the early hours. 345 Riverblossom Hills Drive, the home of the CrinkleWinkle’s, was ablaze and a number of explosions rocked the structure, toppling it to the ground.
Due to the explosions and the extreme heat and uncontrollability of the fire, Fire Chief Fred Nest has gone on record stating that arson is suspected.
“Only the presence of accelerants can account for the intense heat and massive explosions! The home was new and was wired with electricity, not gas. There is no way this was an electrical fire.”
He went on further to add,
“On investigation afterwards, we found evidence of multiple points of origin as well as traces of an accelerant. Evidence has been sent to the labs for further analysis.”
The fire was so intense that almost everything was obliterated from memory and although charred remains were found, it is impossible to establish the identity of the victims or how many there were conclusively, according to Forensic DNA experts at the scene.
Police Chief Justin Long confirmed a rumour that they had a young teenager in “protective custody” at the police station but would not go into more details, or infer if the 2 incidents were related.
(Riverview Times, 3 days later)
This reporter has managed to acquire a copy of the emergency services call placed to police from the home of Maximillion CrinkleWinkle on the fateful morning of the fire.
From that tape it is clear that a menacing third party was involved in the terrible tragedy that befell this well-known family.
(Jefferson CrinkleWinkle, the hit movie composer, had just completed a score for the new James Fond movie, “The spy who robbed me”.)
Police Chief Justin Long has hardly slept, keeping his promise to “…keep no stone unturned.” on this matter. He has been seen around town questioning a number of people and gathering possible evidence to help futher the investigation.
Fire Chief Nest said that although there was evidence of arson and traces of a hydrocarbon-based accelerent, without a firm suspect this case would go nowhere.
In a later interview with Police Chief Long, he confirmed that the teen in ‘protective custody’ on the night of the fire was indeed a member of the CrinkleWinkle family. Due to the highly sensitive nature of the case, the teen’s identity has been kept secret.
“The teen is visibly shaken and deeply traumatised by the death of her family. She is in no way suspected in this case as she was picked up riding her bicycle near the cemetry about an hour before the emergency call came through. She had been in police custody for her own protection in light of the situation.
The girl will be going into the Witness Protection Programme for her own safety until she reaches adulthood. Upon investigation it has come to light that her mother Maximillion CrinkleWinkle, was involved with dealings in the ‘underworld’ and this may be key evidence in this case.
Although we still have no solid leads or definate suspects, the police continue to investigate this matter and do not consider this case closed.”
-Quoted from Police Chief Long-
This case will surely be burned into the memories of residents of Riverview for many years to come and our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to the young survivor.
May she find strength in the darkness and chaos.