Fire destroys inmate's house
BROOKFIELD -- Township firefighters continue to investigate a fire that destroyed a vacant house that once was the residence of murderer Kenneth Biros.
The fire broke out around 1 a.m. Friday at the unoccupied three-story home at 5956 King Graves Road.
The last person to live there was Joanne Biros, mother of Kenneth Biros, who was convicted in October 1991 of raping, killing and dismembering Tami Engstrom. He was sentenced to death and remains on Ohio's death row. Biros lived there when he was arrested in Engstrom's murder.
A spokesman for the Brookfield Fire Department called the fire suspicious and said the home was engulfed by the time firefighters arrived. No cause has been determined, the spokesman said.
The blaze started on the back porch of the home, which has been vacant for about 10 years, and firefighters had to let it burn, the department said. Before Friday's fire, the structure was damaged from three fires that had been set over the years, the spokesman said, adding that police have chased kids away from it several times.