PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — A family of five was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a Phoenix home on Wednesday morning. Police, firefighters and the department’s hazardous materials teams were called to a home on Augusta Avenue, near 7th Avenue and Northern just after 8 a.m. following a call about a gas leak. When they arrived, they discovered that there was gas in the home. Southwest Gas told Arizona’s Family crews that all natural gas lines and the surrounding area had been thoroughly inspected for gas leaks, but no leaks were found. The Hazmat teams said they found several dead.
It took the crew hours to secure the house and make sure there was no gas in the house. Shortly after 12:30 p.m., police went in and confirmed that two adults and three children were dead. “This scene is a complete tragedy that is behind us,” said Sgt. Melissa Soliz of the Phoenix Police Department. “Not only is this devastating to the first responders who had to respond and witness what’s inside, but this neighborhood is very close-knit, including the extended loved ones and family members related to this house and property.”
Phoenix police said it is being treated as homicide. Soliz confirmed that the five dead inside had “clear signs of trauma”. Phoenix police said no suspect is on the loose. The Arizona family did speak to the family cleaning ladies, who said they have known the family for 16 years and have been cleaning the house for the past six years. They said the couple living in the house had 6-month-old twin girls and a 3-year-old boy.
Southwest Gas issued a statement saying no leaks were found on site after crews thoroughly inspected the natural gas infrastructure at home and in the surrounding area.
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