Family of 5 found dead in Phoenix home with 'signs of trauma' in apparent murder-suicide

Police, firefighters, and the department’s hazardous materials teams were called out to a home in Phooenix after a call about a gas leak

Family of 5 found dead in Phoenix home with 'signs of trauma' in apparent murder-suicide
A family of five was found dead inside a home in Phoenix after the area was evacuated for a hazardous materials situation (Screenshot/ABC15 Arizona)
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA: On Wednesday, November 16, at approximately 8.am, a hazardous materials emergency and a suspected unresponsive person were reported at a property near 7th and Northern Avenues in Phoenix, Arizona. Hazmat crews and police officers rushed to the scene.

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A gas leak made it difficult for firefighters to get into the house. The local utility, Southwest Gas, shut off service to the house, and authorities ordered the evacuation of surrounding homes. The house was investigated for several hours by a hazmat team before being deemed safe for an early afternoon police investigation. At a news conference, Phoenix Police Sgt Melissa Soliz told reporters that two adults and three children were dead, "with obvious signs of trauma" The identities of the victims were not released. Police have opened a homicide investigation. However, Soliz stated, "We do not believe that there is a suspect on the loose right now."

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"This scene is a complete tragedy behind us," Soliz said. "Not only is this devastating to the first responders that had to respond and witness what's inside, but this neighborhood is very close-knit including the extended loved ones and family members that are related to this home and this residence."

In a statement to local media, Southwest Gas claimed that no leaks had been discovered in the region and added, "Our hearts are heavy with today's news and we are grateful for the quick response of first responders," ABC15 reported.

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The statement continued, "There is nothing more important to us than to keep our communities safe and our crews continue to work with first responders to ensure the area is safe and secure. Southwest Gas crews have thoroughly inspected all natural gas infrastructure from the meter on the property to the street and surrounding area for gas leaks."

"No leaks were found. All Southwest Gas infrastructure serving the community is operating without issue," the statement concluded. Outside the home, aerial footage revealed a sizable propane tank in the taped-off area, along with multiple ambulances and police cars. The investigation, Soliz emphasized, was still in its very early stages. "This scene will most likely be processed by detectives for the majority of the day into the night," she stated.

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