Person of interest in Akron fatal fire being held in Portage County

Person of interest in custody related to Akron fire

RAVENNA - WKYC Channel 3 learned late Monday night that there is a person of interest in the case of the fatal fire in Akron being held in the Portage County Jail.

The person of interest is the estranged husband of one of the victims. As she is remembered, new court documents reveal a marital past that investigators are combing through.

Angela Boggs was one of seven people killed in the Fultz Street fire. WKYC has been told that in 2001, Boggs' then-husband doused her with kerosene and joked about lighting her house on fire. 

Patrick Boggs is from Ravenna. He was put away for 12 years for arson, aggravated arson, and domestic violence charges. He was released in 2013.

Court documents obtained by WKYC Channel 3 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 to us:

The fire on Fultz Street 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. Boggs lives in an apartment in Ravenna. WKYC Channel 3 visited that neighborhood, where residents tell us at least a half-dozen police vehicles were at the home as officers were combing the home and looking for evidence.

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

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