Authorities: Man Set Home On Fire With Children Inside

Authorities say the husband of a missing Utah woman intentionally set his home in Graham, Washington on fire Sunday, producing a scorching blaze that killed him and his two children.

Neighbors had reported hearing an explosion, but Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said Josh Powell's home was destroyed by a fast-moving fire that blew out several windows and was aided by some sort of accelerant.

A social worker had brought the two boys to the house for what was to be a supervised visit, and Powell let his sons inside -- but then blocked the social worker from entering, according to fire officials.

The social worker called her supervisors to report that she could smell gas. Moments later, the home erupted in flames.


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  • by ? on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:49 AM
    He has his own special place in hell.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM
    I've heard the children were also found to have suffered hatchet wounds, after he pulled them into the home, before he ignited it. This man was truly crazed. Now, those Grandparents must sift through all that remains to find answers. May God Bless them. There won't be any justice this time, except God's justice. Too sad.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:39 AM
    Nope Wasn't Laura :)
  • by john Location: farmville on Feb 6, 2012 at 04:38 PM
    it is a shame the kids had to suffer. they are in heaven and the father is already feeling what hell is like
  • by shonuff on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM
    Seen this story a while back, sure looks like it was him. Really? How many people would take those little kids camping at around midnight in cold weather on MONDAY night? What a shame this is. Maybe DSS will learn something out of this and how to deal with visitations of children to parents suspected of murder. No visits allowed in the home, supervised or not until everyone DSS and LEO and the court systems are satisfied he's not the one. Visit at the local sheriffs office or other LEO agency. Scanned coming in and patted down....like at the airports, shoes off too. Maybe we won't lose anymore children like this. Prayers for those grandparents that lost a daughter and now those two children.
  • by justice on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:10 PM
    and to all the lawyers who fought for this "father's rights" to see his children, wish you could have been in the house instead of the babies.
  • by 40some on Feb 6, 2012 at 06:57 AM
    Mom went missing. If he hadn't killed her she wouldn't be the first woman to run oft. Still, you'd think they could find some reason to keep the kids from him until it was known if the kids were safe around him. I'd hate to be that social worker right now. Can't blame him/her, just doing the job according to guidelines.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Feb 6, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    I've followed this story from the beginning. 48 Hours Mystery had a special on it that I just watched again the other day. There is so much to this story, not just with the husband, but with his dad (who is suspected to have helped with Michelle's murder), it's the most bizzare story I've read in a while. It's such a terrible ending for these two children. I've read his motive for doing this had to do with the oldest son talking about what he saw the night his mother died. Bless the surviving grandparents- they must be devestated.
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      by uhhhh wrong story! on Feb 6, 2012 at 08:40 AM in reply to laura
      this isn't michelle parker it's susan powell...get your killer's right!
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        by oopssss on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM in reply to uhhhh wrong story!
        to "uhhhh wrong story!! You are an idiot! Please read and understand what you read before you respond and look completely stupid!
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          by oh good lord! on Feb 6, 2012 at 03:04 PM in reply to oopssss
          why don't you get some class? people are making comments here. if you are not capable of making a comment instead of just coming on and insulting people, go to another site. Your comments are rude, nasty, and show what kind of person you are, but definitely show that you have no intelligence by your lack of class!
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      by Lisa on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:58 PM in reply to laura
      Gee whiz "uhhh wrong story", she has the correct story, just got the name wrong (Michelle instead of Susan). I can see where that would be easy to do if you've been following both cases. I am very concerned for Michelle Parker's children also. Just lighten up, you don't have to be so nasty because someone mixed up a name.
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        by Nasty? on Feb 6, 2012 at 01:44 PM in reply to Lisa
        I don't think I was being nasty by pointing out the difference....now the one under me? That was nasty and most definitely uncalled for. I was not incorrect in what I pointed out, yet these IDIOT readers (yeah you know it is you Laura), turn around and call someone an idiot and stupid? Grow up gal! Get your info right, and someone wont' have to correct ya !! Notice, I didn't call you an idiot or stupid....too much class :)
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      by ??? on Feb 6, 2012 at 03:02 PM in reply to laura
      who is michelle and when did they murder her?
  • by So sad Location: NB on Feb 6, 2012 at 06:11 AM
    It's reported that the oldest child started talking about mommy in the trunk when they went "camping". Guess he had to get rid of the witnesses....what a low life. It is not over for him yet, he'll have to answer for 3 murders.
  • by here Location: here on Feb 6, 2012 at 06:00 AM
    The system sure let those poor children down. Their father was obviously sick in the head, real bad.
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