Suspicious Dayton house fire may be tied to Huffman Ave. homicide

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Flames classified as suspicious when they hit Saturday morning

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

UPDATE @ 1:45 p.m. (March 27)

The house that caught fire under suspicious circumstances on East Fourth Street early Sunday morning is the same house where parents of a murder suspect were arrested for allegedly helping their daughter avoid capture.

Kara Parisi-King, 26, is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of complicity to commit murder.

Parisi-King’s boyfriend, 38-year-old Chuckie Lee, is in jail on suspicion of murder.

Parisi-King’s parents, Keith and Krista Hankins, have been indicted and were arrested at the East Fourth Street home for allegedly hiding their daughter while police were working to find her.

Neighbors tell us Parisi-King and Lee lived at the East Fourth Street home. Neighbors tell us they believe the fire was started intentionally and is connected to the March 12 fatal shooting of Taylor Brandenburg, the 20-year-old woman who was babysitting prior to being fatally struck by multiple gunshots on Huffman Avenue.

UPDATE @ 6:28 a.m. (March 26)

Flames are now out and crews remain at the scene of a house fire on East Fourth Street in Dayton.

No one was injured in the Sunday morning fire reported just before 2:30 a.m.

Fire investigators are in the process of gathering evidence while crews clean up and maintain the scene, Dayton District Fire Chief Paul Raich said.

Neighbors reported hearing explosions from the house just before the fire started. Raich said the fire is considered suspicious as the gas to the house had been turned off.

"Based on reports from neighbors and the walls being separated from the house on both sides, there was some type of flash or explosion which means the fire is suspicious," Raich said.

Fire crews battled the aggressive fire from the street due to the compromised structural integrity of the house.

Raich said the fire, which reportedly began in the home's living room, had to burn through the roof in order for crews to get water on the fire.

Fire investigators are expected to continue their work during daylight hours in order to gather better photos and more evidence.

Raich said the home will be scheduled for demolition once investigators have finished.

UPDATE @ 4:08 a.m.

Fire crews are battling an aggressive house fire in Dayton, according to our crew at the scene.

Our crew said the flames are reaching 20 to 30 feet in the air as crews attempt to manage the blaze.

The fire is burning in the upper floor of a single-story home in the 3200 block of East Fourth Street.

There is extensive damage to neighboring homes, according to our crew.

Initial reports indicate additional fire crews, as well as a fire investigator, have been requested to the scene.

We will continue to update this story with the latest available information.

FIRST REPORT (March 26)

Two homes are reportedly on fire in the 3200 block of East Fourth Street in Dayton.

Fire crews were dispatched around 2:06 a.m. on a report of a structure fire.

Initial reports indicate two neighboring homes are burning in the area.

We have a crew heading to the scene to learn more.

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