Fire that killed 13-year-old girl deemed suspicious - New York News

Fire that killed 13-year-old girl deemed suspicious

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -

A 13-year-old girl was killed in a house fire Thursday, and police are calling the blaze suspicious. We've also discovered that police had been to that same home just hours before the fire.

The victim was identified as Briana Naylor. She was just a week away from her 14th birthday.

A neighbor called 911 around 9:40 a.m. after they saw smoke coming from the back of the home, near 7th Street and Camelback Road

"The minute I came out from my back door, I looked over there and I could see the smoke," says neighbor Gail Hanson.

When firefighters arrived, they found a 13-year-old girl unconscious in her room.

"They were able to bring her out and begin resuscitation efforts on her. She does have some burns and she was in cardiac arrest when she left the scene," says Phoenix Fire Captain Jonathan Jacobs.

The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for the possible cardiac arrest and some burn injuries from the fire. She later died.

Neighbors told FOX 10 the girl lives with her mother and two younger brothers, but no one else was home during the fire.

Police say officers were called out to the home at 1 a.m. because Briana's mother reported her as a runaway. While officers were there, Briana came back home. But it's not clear what, if anything, that has to do with the blaze.

Hanson says all three kids, the girl and her brothers, should've been in school. But Briana was home alone.

"If I would have known someone was in there, I would have jumped in and gotten her," she says.

Accelerant-sniffing dogs alerted to the presence of accelerants in the home. It's not known if there were working smoke detectors.

Family members gathered Thursday night for a prayer service. They're angry over what happened and say they haven't been given a whole lot of information from police.

"Very young girl, had a whole life ahead of her, whoever did it I hope they come forth," says Briana's aunt Evelyn Hinton.

Homicide and arson investigators spent about 11 hours at the home Thursday. FOX 10's Kelly Hessedal reports.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Garner's family meets U.S. attorney

    Staten Island stores worried about rally

    Staten Island stores worried about rally

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:01:16 GMT
    The Rev. Al Sharpton and family members of Eric Garner came from a meeting with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in which they asked for a federal civil rights investigation into his apparent chokehold death. Meantime, Staten Island businesses are bracing for the huge crowds expected at Saturday's march. Sharpton said he is estimating about 3,000 to 5,000 people to rally Saturday.
    The Rev. Al Sharpton and family members of Eric Garner came from a meeting with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in which they asked for a federal civil rights investigation into his apparent chokehold death. Meantime, Staten Island businesses are bracing for the huge crowds expected at Saturday's march. Sharpton said he is estimating about 3,000 to 5,000 people to rally Saturday.
  • Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team auditions

    Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team auditions

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:26:39 GMT
    Out of over 500 hopefuls only a handful will join the Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team. The Nets held auditions this week at LIU Brooklyn. Adorable Bronx native Arielle was turned away last year but this time around she's made it through to the final round of the auditions. But even those who were on the team last year still have to try out.
    Out of over 500 hopefuls only a handful will join the Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team. The Nets held auditions this week at LIU Brooklyn. Adorable Bronx native Arielle was turned away last year but this time around she's made it through to the final round of the auditions. But even those who were on the team last year still have to try out.
  • Chris Rock gets foul ball at Yankees game

    Chris Rock gets foul ball at Yankees game

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:03:11 GMT
    Chris Rock almost made the play of the day at Yankee Stadium. Instead, the comedian wound up with a nice prize -- a foul ball that nearly landed in his lap during Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.
    Chris Rock almost made the play of the day at Yankee Stadium. Instead, the comedian wound up with a nice prize -- a foul ball that nearly landed in his lap during Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices