IFD: Cause of fatal fire 'undetermined'

INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities said the cause of the fire that killed a family of six has officially been ruled "undetermined."

Forty-seven-year-old Lionel "Leo" Guerra, and his 33-year-old wife, Brandy Mae, died Feb. 22, as did their 11-year-old son, Esteban, and 8-year-old daughter, Blanquita. Fourteen-year-old Miranda and 6-year-old Fuentes died the following day.

Fire Department spokeswoman Capt. Rita Reith says investigators believe the fire was accidental, though they can't pinpoint the exact point of ignition.

Firefighters found the six family members unconscious inside the small bungalow-style home Saturday.

Reith said preliminary toxicology reports indicate all six family members died of smoke inhalation.

In addition to investigating the fire, officials said the family's home was broken into late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, and an SUV was stolen from the property.

Police said somebody tore down plywood that IFD had put up in order to break into the house and steal the keys to the car.

Police later found the green 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe during a traffic stop near the 3400 block of Sherman Drive.

Police arrested Jeremey Akins, 29, later Wednesday evening on theft charges.

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