Akron fire that killed 7 was ‘act of arson’; neighbor in custody

AKRON -- The Akron house fire that killed seven people was an "act of arson."

Officials said a man, Stanley Ford, 58, was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated arson and seven counts of aggravated murder.

Authorities said Ford was a neighbor but had no known affiliation with the family.

Killed in the fire were Dennis Huggins, 35; Angela Boggs, 37; Jared Boggs, 14; Daisia Huggins; 6; Kyle Huggins, 5; Alivia Huggins, 3; and Cameron Huggins, 16 months.

A memorial service will be held Saturday to remember the seven victims.

Anyone with additional information relating to this fire is encouraged to call the
State Fire Marshal’s Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau tip line at 800-589-
2728.

Family members have confirmed that the 5 children, left to right in this photo, perished in an Akron house fire. The oldest daughter, on the right, was not at home at the time of the fire.
Photo courtesy of Angela Boggs FB page

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Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan talks about “devastating tragedy.”

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Mayor Horrigan says victims will never be forgotten. 

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This fire was an act of arson: Mayor Horrigan

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Mayor Horrigan: one person is in custody

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Officials say the person arrested was a neighbor. 

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The suspect – Stanley Ford – has no known affiliation with the family other than he was neighbor.

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Ford faces 1 count of aggravated arson and 7 counts of aggravated murder