Arson Possible Cause Of Fire That Killed 2 Teens - Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

Arson Possible Cause Of Fire That Killed 2 Teens

Posted: Updated:
CAMDEN, N.J. -

Friends fought back tears and hugged each other just a few feet from where they say 15-year-old Kenny Holmes and his teenage friend lost their lives early Friday morning in a quick-moving fire that officials say could be an act of arson.

"It's a hard thing, two people died in there, it's a hard thing," said Lawrence Owens.

"Hard to believe," another neighbor said.

"It's a shame this happened," neighbor Kevin Carey said.

While high school friends remembered their classmate, fire investigators were scouring the scene looking for evidence of an arson. A specially trained dog was brought in to sniff out accelerants on boards taken from the front porch.  It was clear this area was the focus of the fire marshal.

"He was here yesterday," said Carey, "and now today they're gone just like that. It's a tragedy."

Investigators from the Prosecutors Office entered a store a few doors down to review surveillance video from these cameras pointed at the house. A store employee confirmed the detectives left with video files. Neighbors meanwhile were in shock over the loss of two young lives.

"We all know him, you see him run up and down the street playing with other kids and now," Carey added.

"You got a group of kids up there crying cause one of their friends died and somebody else died," said Rev. David King, who runs a church up the block.

Carey has lived on the block for almost 20 years. He knew the teenage victim's family. He can only imagine their pain. He hopes they get justice.

"If it was intentionally set," he said. "I hope whoever did it gets caught and pays the price for it."

The two victims were not officially identified. City officials and the Prosecutor's Office say the official cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

If it turns out to be arson, the two deaths would be ruled homicides. That would make 32 murders in Camden so far this year, compared to 25 at this time last year.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:45:07 GMT
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
  • Teenage Boy Reported Missing In Camden

    Teenage Boy Reported Missing In Camden

    Teenage Boy Reported Missing In Camden

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:49:07 GMT
    Officials say Michael Edwards was last seen when he left his home on the 700 block of Berkley Street. He is described as a black male 5’5, 120 points, with brown eyes and black hair.Officials say Michael Edwards was last seen when he left his home on the 700 block of Berkley Street. He is described as a black male 5’5, 120 points, with brown eyes and black hair.
    Camden County Police are looking for a 15-year old teenage boy reported missing Saturday night.Officials say Michael Edwards was last seen when he left his home on the 700 block of Berkley Street. He is described as a black male 5’5, 120 points, with brown eyes and black hair.He was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans. He has never been reported missing before and may be in Pennsauken.Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.
    Camden County Police are looking for a 15-year old teenage boy reported missing Saturday night.Officials say Michael Edwards was last seen when he left his home on the 700 block of Berkley Street. He is described as a black male 5’5, 120 points, with brown eyes and black hair.He was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans. He has never been reported missing before and may be in Pennsauken.Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.
  • Beautiful Easter Sunday

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:09:12 GMT

    NICE EASTER WEEKEND

    The first half of the holiday weekend has been great and Easter Sunday looks just as nice. Clouds thin out late tonight with temperatures falling back to the 40s.

    Initially it'll be jacket weather early Sunday morning but plenty of sunshine will warm us into the 60s by afternoon.  High temperatures will be a few degrees cooler than Saturday.

    It will be noticeably cooler and breezy at the shore with highs in the low 50s.  Quiet conditions continue into Monday.

Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices