Hilliard Northwest News

Investigators rule Jan. 5 blaze a suicide, identify victim


The Franklin County Coroner's Office this week identified the man killed in a fire Jan. 5 at a Linda Road apartment building and ruled the death a suicide.

Hilliard police said Feb. 25 the victim was Abdirazak Jama Adan, 40.

Adan was pronounced dead at the scene following the early-morning blaze.

An accelerant was used in starting the fire at 3883 Linda Road, ruled as a suicide by the coroner, Hilliard police said.

Norwich Township and Columbus firefighters responded to the blaze first reported at 6:58 a.m. Jan. 5.

"It was fully involved when we arrived," Norwich Township Battalion Chief Jeff Warren said at the scene.

Warren said witnesses described an explosion when the fire occurred.

Adan had no known relatives in the United States, requiring investigators to locate relatives in foreign countries and lengthening the process of identification and release of the victim's name and cause of the fire, police said.