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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Akron Fire on Fultz Street


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 05-23-2017

Akron, Ohio, May 23, 2017 - State and local officials today announced Stanley O. Ford (DOB: 04/08/59) of Akron was arrested in connection to a fatal arson fire on Fultz Road that killed seven people, including five children. He has been charged with one count of aggravated arson and seven counts of aggravated murder.

The State Fire Marshal’s Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau, the Akron Police Department and Akron Fire Department worked jointly on this investigation.   

“This is a devastating tragedy for our community,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “The safety of our residents is my top priority, and I vow to do everything in my power to ensure that justice is achieved for these victims and their families.”

“The loss of life can never be replaced, but through the collaboration of state and local officials, we can bring to justice the man responsible for this horrific incident,” Interim State Fire Marshal Jeff A. Hussey. “We will continue working with all agencies involved to see this case through until the end.”


The fire occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, May 15 at 693 Fultz Road in Akron. The Akron Fire Department responded to the fire.

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.

Contact: Kelly Stincer, SFM, (614) 752-7179
Ellen Lander Nischt, City of Akron (330) 375-2325
Lt. Sierjie Lash,  AFD, (330) 217-5115
Lt. Rick Edwards, APD, (330) 812-7773                                                        

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For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 South High Street
Suite 200
Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: 3303752325
E-mail: [email protected]

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