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Accelerant Found at Site of Triple Fatal Fire

The Mayor called the fire a triple homicide.

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    Fire investigators detected traces of an accelerant on a second-floor staircase of the New Haven home where three members of the same family died in a fire early Wednesday morning.

    The victims were all found on the third floor.

    New Haven Triple Fatal Fire

    New Haven Triple Fatal Fire
    Mourners gathered on Wolcott St. in New Haven to make a memorial for the three people who died in their burning home. (Published Thursday, March 10, 2011)

    Officials say a burn pattern suggests gasoline or another flammable liquid was poured and ignited.

    The fire in the multifamily home at 48-50 Wolcott St.killed Quayshawn Roberson, an 8-year-old second grade student who attended the Clinton Avenue School; his mother, Wanda Roberson, 42; and Roberson's 18-year-old niece,according to the New Haven Independent.

    Fire officials said the fire appeared to be arson. Mayor John DeStefano called the fire a triple homicide Wednesday afternoon, and police said they were looking for a dark-colored minivan seen leaving the area.

    Quayshawn's brother, Quayvon, a third-grader, was burned in the fire, but survived, the Independent reported.

    Ten investigators are working on the case.