Arson suspected in deadly Akron house fire that killed seven people

Akron, OH (WKYC) Police say a person of interest is in custody following a deadly house fire that killed seven people early Monday in Akron.

The person of interest is the estranged husband of one of the victims. Court documents reveal a marital past that investigators are combing through.

Angela Boggs was one of seven people killed in the fire. In 2001, Boggs’ then-husband doused her with kerosene and joked about lighting her house on fire.

Court documents show what happened in 2001. Patrick Boggs doused Angela with about half of the kerosene in a container. Her clothes were soaked as he threatened to use a cigarette lighter. He then stated he would bring their daughter to Angela’s grave.

Two important points that have been emphasized:

The fire has still not been confirmed as an arson case.

Also, Patrick Boggs is not considered a suspect, but a person of interest, according to police sources.

Fire department sources have also told WKYC the fire may have sparked from hot charcoal after a Mother’s Day barbecue. 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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