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Deadly fire still unsolved three years later

Deadly fire still unsolved three years later

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- It has been three years since a deadly fire that claimed the lives of three people on the west side of Columbus. The fire, ruled an arson, broke out around 5 a.m. on October 15, 2010 at 128 North Yale Avenue.

When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire. Once they were finally able to get into the home they found the bodies of Deanna Perry, 61 and Brianna Smith, 7 months, upstairs. Charles Climer, 20, was found just outside the home.

The person responsible for setting the fire has never been found.

"I haven't grieved, I have no closure, no justice. That's the hardest part," said Rebecca Climber. She lost her mother and son in the fire.

She wants the person who knows something about the case to come forward. Her brother, Darrell Parfitt, agrees.

"I'm not really caring about who did it. I want to know why," he said.

Parfitt moved a couple of blocks away from his mother shortly before the fire. He says she had no enemies and would always help anyone who needed anything. He wants to see the now vacant lot turned into a community garden.

Smith was the daughter of a family friend. Parfitt says he and his wife used to take care of the girl.

"I've got her diapers, bottles, everything still in my bedroom where they was at. I've never moved them. Her bottles are still in my cabinets," he said.

There's still a $5,000 reward being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

 

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