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Fatal fire in Portsmouth, OH called suspicious

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A ring worn by the man who died in an early morning fire matches the ring that Grover McGuire had always worn, according to McGuire's sisters who met with police on Thursday afternoon.

McGuire's sisters say he used affectionate nicknames when he could not remember the real names of his 16 brothers and sisters.

"That was his way of remembering," says youngest sister, Rachel Fitzgerald. "We were his little 'huckleberries.'"

The siblings are helping one another today, just as they did in September, when another of their brothers, Sam McGuire, was killed in a train accident.

"You get to help each other with the grieving process," Fitzgerald says. "Each one copes in different ways."

Relatives of McGuire say, due to surgery, the 60-year-old did not move well, and his son, who also lived at the home, was not home.

The emergency call from a passerby came in at 2:21 AM.

Firefighters, who were stationed just down the street, arrived at the burning home at 2:23 AM, but it was way too late.

Investigators tell 13 News that, at first, there were few details about the fire, but after more interviews with witnesses, they believe the fire is suspicious.

"I noticed the house was on fire. Flames were shooting out the window," says Mike Dotson, who lives in the apartments next door, and witnessed the fire. "You couldn't even see the cars in the parking lot. The smoke was so thick."

The family of Grover McGuire awaits autopsy results and further word from investigators about whether or not the fire was set on purpose.

The body has been sent to the Montgomery County, Ohio coroner for examination and positive identification.

Official results will come to the media through the Scioto County coroner, who expects to release results on Friday morning.

Stay with 13 News and wowktv.com for details.