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No bond for neighbor charged in fatal Ohio fire

Fatal Fire
Michael Davis is shown in this undated booking mug released by Mahoning County Sheriff's Office. Davis was arrested in connection with a  fire that killed six. AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

A neighbor accused of setting a house fire that killed six people was ordered held without bond Thursday.

Michael Davis, 18, is charged with six counts of aggravated murder and 11 counts of aggravated arson. The five extra arson charges apply to five people who escaped the blaze.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains said the case will be presented to a grand jury next week. Prosecutors could seek the death penalty.

Investigators said an accelerant was poured on the front porch and ignited after 5 a.m. Within minutes, flames engulfed the five-room structure, built in 1925.

Killed were Carol Crawford, 46, her daughter Jennifer, 23, and Jennifer Crawford's four children: Raneija, 8; Jeannine, 5; Aleisha, 3; and Brandon, 2, said Rick Jamrozik, investigator with the Mahoning County coroner's office.

A phone message seeking comment was left for Davis' attorney, Walter Ritchie.