Ohio home explosion, fire that killed family of 4 was arson

A family of four was killed in a house explosion in Northfield Center, Ohio.

NORTHFIELD, Ohio (AP) – Investigators say an Ohio house fire and explosion that killed a family of four was arson.

The state fire marshal’s office said Wednesday that investigators have determined what caused the fire in Northfield Center Township, but they aren’t releasing details while the investigation is underway.

Authorities say Jeffrey and Cynthia Mather were killed, along with their 8-and 12-year-old daughters, identified as Ruthie and Alyson Mather by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office. Neighbors say Monday night’s explosion shook homes throughout their development.

Dominion East Ohio Gas says testing confirmed there was no natural gas leak from its lines at the home, about 15 miles southeast of Cleveland.

The fire marshal’s office says it is working on the investigation with the Summit County sheriff’s office and a local fire department.

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