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

A neighbor was arrested Tuesday in connection to last week’s Ohio house fire, seven people dead, including five children.

Stanley Ford, 58, was charged with aggravated murder and arson in connection with the May 15 fire in the house, Akron police said. Ford lived next to the house on Fultz Street Akron, but it is unclear whether he knew that the family, according to Fox 8 Cleveland.

No other details were released about the investigation on Tuesday.


Dennis Huggins, 35, Angela Boggs, 37, and their five children-Jared Boggs, 14, Daisia Huggins, 6, Kyle Huggins, 5, Alivia Huggins, 3, and Cameron Huggins, 16 months-were declared dead on the scene. An autopsy showed the family died of smoke inhalation, The Associated Press reported.

The fire department initially said that they could not access to the upper floor of the house because it sustained severe structural damage.

Authorities cleared the scene of the fire in the house for hours, looking for clues about what the cause of the deadly incident. Last week, authorities removed three bags of clothing, a computer, and gas cans from a home near the scene, Fox 8 Cleveland reported.

The police said it is unclear what the motive was.

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