Pontiac house fire that killed 2, injured 5 was no accident, officials say

Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information that can lead to an arrest

Pontiac house fire that killed 2, injured 5 others was no accident

PONTIAC, Mich. – We’re learning more about a house fire that killed a man and teen with autism in Pontiac on Tuesday (March 29) night.

Investigators believe someone set the home on fire back in January.

A new video was released Tuesday, hoping that you can help them find the person responsible.

Read: Police trying to identify ‘shadowy figure’ seen inside Pontiac home before fire killed 2, hurt 5

The shadowy figure seen on surveillance video moving about inside the St. Clair Street home where two people were killed is almost as haunting as that day.

“It was a person in each window jumping out,” Herring said.

Herring says she still hears the screams and how impossible it is to escape the image of people jumping for their lives.

“Heartbroken just for the simple fact of how they was trapped,” Herring said.

The second video, recorded moments after the figure is first seen, shows the flames as they start.

Seen in the video player above is the scene of the blaze that eight people survived on Jan. 17; Five people were hurt as they jumped to safety; Two others weren’t so lucky.

59-year-old Jeff Donnelly, 19-year-old Brandon Andrews died that day.

Investigators say Andrews had autism, his stepfather tried to get him to jump out of the video after him, but he didn’t.

Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information that can lead to an arrest and conviction of the person who started the fire.

Editor’s note: Information about a deadbolted door was corrected by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and the information was removed from this article.

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Pamela Osborne is thrilled to be back home at the station she grew up watching! You can watch her on Local 4 News Sundays and weeknights. Pamela joined the WDIV News Team in February 2022, after working at stations in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.