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Homicide investigation launched in suspicious Prescott Valley fire

Two people and a cat died in this house fire that occurred Wednesday morning in the 4200 block of Kearny Drive in Prescott Valley.
Photo courtesy of Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Two people and a cat died in this house fire that occurred Wednesday morning in the 4200 block of Kearny Drive in Prescott Valley. Photo courtesy of Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Investigators say the fire that destroyed a Prescott Valley home Wednesday was a case of arson.

They are investigating the case of the two bodies firefighters found in the burned-out home as a homicide.

Prescott Valley police's criminal investigation section leads the investigation into the fire at a home in the 4200 block of Kearny Drive with help from the Yavapai County Attorney's Office as well as Central Yavapai Fire District and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arson squads, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.

Investigators are waiting for the medical examiner to release the cause and manner of death for the man and woman found in the home, Bonney said. The medical examiner may not be able to confirm the identities of the man and woman for another one to two days.

Central Yavapai firefighters responded to a neighbor's call about the fire at 6:19 a.m., quickly extinguished it and found the bodies inside the home in separate bedrooms, said Charlie Cook, spokesman for Central Yavapai Fire District.

The fire appeared suspicious, and investigators determined that someone used an accelerant to start it, Bonney said.

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