Police: Mom Set Herself, 2 Children Ablaze

January 23, 2008

A mother intentionally set herself and her two children on fire in a storage room at a Winter Haven motel last week, investigators said.


All three died in the blaze.


It's not known what led Priyakumari Master, 25, to kill herself, along with her daughter, Mahi, 3, and her son, Milan, 1. Autopsy results are pending.
Fire investigators said they found a melted cigarette lighter and a plastic gasoline container inside the room at the Camellia Motel on U.S. Highway 17. The mother and daughter died at the scene of the fire. The son was rushed to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando and died a few hours later.


The family lived at the motel, which the woman's husband co-owned.