Family member says investigators suspect arson in Akron blaze that killed 7

RAW: Akron house fire, 7 killed
Published: May. 15, 2017 at 9:38 AM EDT|Updated: May. 15, 2017 at 9:57 PM EDT
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693 Fultz Street, Akron, OH (Source: WOIO)
693 Fultz Street, Akron, OH (Source: WOIO)
Investigators on the scene of deadly house fire. (Source: WOIO)
Investigators on the scene of deadly house fire. (Source: WOIO)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A family member says she believes her mom, five siblings and her mother's boyfriend were the victims in a fatal Monday morning fire in Akron.

Firefighters are investigating the house fire, which resulted in seven fatalities.

The Summit County Medical Examiner has not officially identified any of the victims, but 18-year-old Brittany Boggs said the victims are her mother, Angela Boggs, her mother's boyfriend Dennis Huggins, and her siblings: 14-year-old Jared, 6-year-old Daisia, 5-year-old Kyle, 2-year-old Alivia, and 1-year-old Cameron.

Auditor's records list Angela Boggs and Dennis Huggins as the homeowners.

Brittany Boggs lives with her grandmother in Sandusky.

"My brothers and sisters were everything to me," she said. "Even though they annoyed me, they kept me going. Me and my mom were dysfunctional, but I still loved her. We had a typical mother-daughter relationship. I thought I was right even when I was wrong."

She said she moved out three months ago because her mother's boyfriend kicked her out.

She said investigators suspect arson.

"They said they suspected arson because of the house that caught on fire up the street about a year ago and because of where the fire started at the house," she said. "They said it started on the front porch."

A man and a woman died in a fire on the same street a year ago. That blaze was ruled an arson.

Authorities have not yet determined a cause for the fire. The investigation is ongoing.

Brittany Boggs said the last time she saw her family was Easter.

"I want my mom to be remembered as a good mom and hard worker," she said. "And my little brothers and sisters were just full of life. They loved silly string and gummy bears and stuff."

Tye Huggins says he wants to know how his father died, how his brothers and sisters died.

"My father is an amazing man. He taught me about almost everything I know. He's my favorite person on the planet, my best friend," he said. "I'm forever going to miss him and it feels like he's still with me all the time."

Tye Huggins said he'd like to know if it was arson. He said there's a lot he'd like to know.

The fire was reported at 2:46 a.m. at a home located in the 600 block of Fultz Street.

"It's almost on, almost the entire house is almost burnt up," a 911 caller told dispatch. "I looked out my window, walked from my house to the corner and the house is on fire, it's almost gone."

According to Lt. Sierjie Lash with the Akron Fire Department, firefighters arrived to an intense, fully-involved house fire. The home was structurally unsafe, so crews were not able to immediately enter the home to investigate.

"There was fire coming out of every window, out of the roof, and every other area you can imagine," said Fire Chief Clarence Turner. "It's always a very difficult thing to try to get people out if you know where the people are."

Around 1:45 p.m. authorities began the task of removing the bodies from the home. Turner said the upper floors had to be secured before anyone could enter.

"The heat is very intense, and it affects the structure of the home pretty quickly," Turner said. "So in this fire we had to be very careful not to get any firefighters killed or injured."

Authorities eventually confirmed seven people were killed in the blaze. The victims have not been officially identified.

"They loved their children, they loved their family," said Tony Huggins, brother of Dennis Huggins. "They're going to be sorely missed."

Fire investigators could not determine whether any smoke detectors were in the home, due to the severity of the fire.

A neighboring house was also damaged by the heat from the flames.

Monday's fire ties the deadliest fire in the city's history.


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