Victims in Arizona trailer fire tentatively ID'd

Victims in Arizona trailer fire tentatively ID'd

CREATED Mar. 10, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz.(AP) - Authorities have tentatively identified the four people who died in a trailer fire in the Phoenix suburb of Apache Junction.

City fire officials believe 38-year-old Robert Shell Jr. and his 11-year-old son Joseph were in the house when it caught fire late Tuesday night along with Shell's 32-year-old stepbrother Ricky Etris and Etris' 7-year-old daughter Angel.

Authorities say Etris and his daughter lived across the street from the trailer with his stepfather Robert Shell Sr., who reportedly is an expert in reloading ammunition for antique firearms.

The Arizona Republic says the trailer housed an internet business that sold specialty ammunition and antique guns.

Authorities say all of the victims died from asphyxiation.

Apache Junction Fire Department spokesman Dave Montgomery says investigators aren't sure if the ammunition caused the deadly fire.

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