Columbus Seeks Tips In Unsolved Fire That Killed 3


Columbus police and fire investigators are hoping an anniversary remembrance for three victims of an unsolved fire will generate leads in the case.

Family members and friends of the victims joined representatives from the Columbus Divisions of Police and Fire at Tuesday afternoon memorial in a neighborhood just west of downtown.

The arson, at 128 Yale Ave. on Oct. 15, 2010, killed 61-year-old Deanna Perry, 20-year-old Charles Climer and 7-month-old Brianna Smith.

Rebecca Climer lost her mother, Deanna, and her son, Charles, in the fire. She says it doesn’t get any easier.

“No, I've heard a lot of people tell me that but no. To me the longer it gets, the harder it gets - because it's a longer time that I haven't seen them, said Climer."My mom was great, my son was great, there ain't nothing I don't miss about them."

Investigators say the fire started about 5 a.m. that morning three years ago.

Perry, Climer and Smith, who the family was caring for, all died from smoke inhalation.

Detectives found traces of an accelerant on the scene that fueled the fatal fire. They are frustrated that there has not been a break in the case.

“It’s Extremely frustrating. I mean, one year turned to two so fast, and now we're at three, and I don't have a lot more info than I had at the end of year one,” said Det. Patricia Clark.

"I'm not giving up, no way, no way, somebody knows something, there has to be some type of justice for my son and my Mom,” added Climer.

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