AKRON, Ohio- Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan will be offering free smoke detectors to residents following a house fire on Monday that killed seven people.
The fire killed Dennis Huggins, 35, 38-year-old Angela Boggs and five of their children: Cameron Huggins, 1; Alivia Huggins, 3; Kylle Huggins; 5, Daisia Huggins, 6; and Jered Boggs, 14.
Boggs spent more than 12 years in prison for beating his wife and threatening to set her on fire in 2001. Responding deputies reported hearing banging sounds inside the residence and heard a man yelling inside, according to reports of the incident. He was released in 2013.
The person of interest is the estranged husband of one of the victims.
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Fire on Fultz Street in Akron. She did not live with the rest of her family.
"The last thing I ever remember her mentioning about him is when he got out, and if anything like that ever happened, to make him a definite suspect", Huggins said. "You always knew where you stood with him", Albert Huggins said.
The Akron Fire Department is working with the state fire marshal's office and local police to determine how the fire started, fire Chief Clarence Tucker said. They expect lab test results this week. A fire department spokeswoman said the bodies will be identified by the Summit County coroner's office through dental records. A fire marshal's official said investigators used a dog while collecting evidence but wouldn't say what that evidence was.