Investigators: Accelerant used in deadly Prescott Valley fire, homicide investigation under way

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Two people were killed in an early morning fire in Prescott Valley. Investigators are treating the fire as suspicious. By Catherine Holland Two people were killed in an early morning fire in Prescott Valley. Investigators are treating the fire as suspicious. By Catherine Holland
Two people were killed in an early morning fire in Prescott Valley. Investigators are treating the fire as suspicious. By Catherine Holland Two people were killed in an early morning fire in Prescott Valley. Investigators are treating the fire as suspicious. By Catherine Holland
Two people were killed in an early morning fire in Prescott Valley. Investigators are treating the fire as suspicious. By Catherine Holland Two people were killed in an early morning fire in Prescott Valley. Investigators are treating the fire as suspicious. By Catherine Holland

PRESCOTT VALLEY -- Investigators have confirmed that a deadly fire at a Prescott Valley home was intentionally set.

It happened early Wednesday morning. Two bodies were found inside the home.

Less than 24 hours into the investigation, authorities confirmed that the fire had been intentionally set, saying an accelerant was used.

Investigators had treated the fire as suspicious from the beginning.

"We're going to treat it as a worst-case scenario until we can prove otherwise," said Sgt. Brandon Bonney of the Prescott Valley Police Department at the scene on Wednesday. "They don't have any easily explainable cause of the fire right now."

The fire reportedly broke out just before 6:20 Wednesday morning.

Bonney said fire crews arrived on the scene very quickly. Smoke and flames were clearly visible as they pulled up to the home on Kearney Drive.

Firefighters from the Central Yavapai Fire District and Prescott Fire Department got to work and were able to knock down those flames relatively quickly and keep them from spreading to nearby homes.

When firefighters and police personnel were able to go inside the home, they discovered the two victims -- a man and a woman. The bodies were found in separate areas of the home. Neither of them has been formally identified, Bonney said in a news release Thursday.

About one-quarter of the house burned, with extensive damage to one bedroom. It's not clear if one of the bodies was in that room. There was also heat and smoke damage throughout the home, although a damage estimate was not immediately available.

Investigators got search warrant that allowed them inside the home Wednesday afternoon. They also requested support from the ATF, Bonney said.

Once they were able to get a closer look at the scene, investigators determined the the victims' deaths were suspicious, which means the incident is being treated as a homicide.

Autopsies were scheduled for Thursday to determine the cause of death for each victim, as well as to confirm their identities.

Bonney said investigators are not seeking any outstanding suspects at this point.