facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Arson fire in Illinois kills 4 children

May 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM   |   Comments

PERCY, Ill., May 12 (UPI) -- Police said they arrested a man for purposely setting a fire in a Percy, Ill. home that killed four children.

The victims, all members of the Owen family, were identified as Ethan, 12, Kailey, 9, and twins Brandon and Landon, 5.

Four others escaped the blaze -- parents Matthew and Natasha Owen, a fifth child and an 18-year-old relative.

Police arrested Derrick J. Twardoski, 33, a few hours after the fire, which occurred early Friday.

He was charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

Investigators declined to release Twardowski's possible motive, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

"This does not appear to be any sort of random act," Randolph County State's Attorney Jeremy Walker told the Post-Dispatch.

The fire broke out just before 2 a.m. Friday, when the four children who were killed were sleeping upstairs, authorities said, while surviving members of the family were sleeping downstairs.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Police suspect poisoning in death of Utah family Police suspect poisoning in death of Utah family
2
Piece of Amelia Earhart plane identified from Nikumaroro Piece of Amelia Earhart plane identified from Nikumaroro
3
Hawaii lava update: 100 feet from home, National Guard deployed Hawaii lava update: 100 feet from home, National Guard deployed
4
France: conditions for warship delivery to Russia not met France: conditions for warship delivery to Russia not met
5
Kaci Hickox won't obey Maine Ebola quarantine, state may go to court Kaci Hickox won't obey Maine Ebola quarantine, state may go to court
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback