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Neighbor charged in Ohio fire that killed 5 kids, 2 adults

AKRON, Ohio – Researchers in Ohio have charged a neighbor with setting a house fire that killed two adults and five children last week.

Akron police say they charged a 58-year-old Stanley Ford qualified manslaughter and arson on Tuesday.

A possible motive in the May 15, fire is not clear. The police would not release any other details about the investigation.

Ford was taken into custody Tuesday.

A medical examiner says that all seven in the house died of smoke inhalation.

The victims were a 35-year-old man, his 38-year-old partner and their five children. The oldest child of 14, while the youngest was only 1.

The authorities last week searched several houses in Akron in the area of the fire-ravaged house.

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