Neighbor charged in Akron fire that killed 5 kids, 2 adults

Akron police say they charged 58-year-old Stanley Ford with aggravated murder and arson on Tuesday

Stanley Ford
This undated photo released by the Akron Police Department on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 shows Stanley Ford. Investigators in Ohio have charged Ford with setting a house fire that killed two adults and five children last week. Akron police say they charged Ford with aggravated murder and arson on Tuesday. ( Akron Police Department via AP)


AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Investigators in Ohio have charged a neighbor with setting a house fire that killed two adults and five children last week.

Akron police say they charged 58-year-old Stanley Ford with aggravated murder and arson on Tuesday.

A possible motive in the May 15 fire isn’t clear. Police wouldn’t release any other details about the investigation.

Ford was taken into custody Tuesday.

A medical examiner says all seven in the home died of smoke inhalation.

The victims were a 35-year-old man, his 38-year-old partner and their five children. The oldest child was 14 while the youngest was just 1.

Authorities last week searched several houses in Akron near the fire-ravaged home.

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