Murder suicide a possibility in Northfield house explosion

Cell phone video of deadly house explosion in Northfield
A passer-by captured cell phone video of the explosion.
A passer-by captured cell phone video of the explosion.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Summit County Medical Examiner is looking into the possibility of murder-suicide in the Northfield house explosion.

The fire killed a family of four in  Northfield Center Township on Monday night.

Arson was ruled as the cause Wednesday.

Josh Hobbs, the Chief of Fire and Explosions Investigations Bureau for the State Fire Marshal said that the determination of arson was based on the on scene investigation. He said his investigators, numbering as many as five at one point, collected evidence which may show proof of an accelerant being used but lab tests would determine if that was definitely the case.

Jeff and Cindy Mather, both 43, and their daughters Ruthie and Allison ages 8 and 12. Mom and the girls were found all huddled together in the front of the home and dad was found in the back near the garage, according to Northfield Center Township Fire Chief Frank Risko.

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