Coroner: Burglary, arson suspect died of smoke inhalation

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz’s office has released a preliminary autopsy on Devin Toles, the burglary suspect who was found dead after an arson fire on the east side of Columbus.

Toles died from inhalation of products of combustion (smoke inhalation) and superficial thermal injuries, Ortiz’s office said.

Police say they responded to the home on Taylor Avenue after a woman was reportedly running around inside the home with a tool bag.

Police say the suspect, identified as Toles, lit a fire in the back of the house and left. As police officers went after her, she ran back into the building. 

Toles was found dead in a bathroom of the home.

Police continue to investigate, but said it appears Toles acted alone in the burglary and the arson fires.

Anyone with information on the incident can call the Columbus Division of Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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