A Washington, D.C., mansion fire is being called “very suspicious.” Authorities confirmed the home is owned by Savvas and Amy Savopoulos. However, they did not disclose the identities of the three adults and one child who were found dead inside the home.
On Thursday morning, Nelly Gutierrez received an unusual text message from Amy Savopoulos’ cell phone. As reported by People, it is unclear who sent the message. However, the sender told the housekeeper her services were not needed, as the Savopoulos family was ill.
Guiterrez said another housekeeper, who was not identified, spent Wednesday night at the Savopoulos’ home.
In addition to the housekeeper, the D.C. mansion was reportedly occupied by Savvas and Amy Savopoulos and their 10-year-old son, Philip. Although the couple also has two teenage daughters, they were reportedly out of town when the blaze occurred.
Metropolitan D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed there were “no obvious signs of forced entry” but “the nature and origin of the fire is very suspicious.”
Authorities arrived on the scene at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday. Unfortunately, the D.C. mansion fire was already out of control. When they entered the home, the firefighters found three adults and one child dead.
— ABC News (@ABC) May 15, 2015
Neighbors reported seeing the family’s blue 2008 Porsche 911 in the driveway in the hours before the fire. As reported by ABC News, the same vehicle was later found abandoned in Maryland.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is working with local authorities to investigate what is being called a deliberate act of arson and homicide. Investigators believe the victims may have been killed before the fire was set.
As reported by Canada Journal, authorities are asking anyone with information about the D.C. mansion fire to contact the Metropolitan Police Department. They are also seeking information about the blue Porsche’s whereabouts between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday.
— People magazine (@people) May 15, 2015
Savvas Savopoulos is the president and CEO of American Iron Works and the chairman of the board of Sigma Enterprises Ltd. The Daily Mail reports the father of three recently accepted a position with an unnamed firm in Puerto Rico.
It is unclear whether Savopoulos and his family perished in the D.C. mansion fire, as authorities have not released the identities of the victims. However, witnesses said he, his wife, his son, and a housekeeper were home when the blaze occurred.
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