DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Investigators are asking for the public’s help in a suspicious fire that killed a prominent Dallas attorney in his home. Now as one family grieves, a community is on alert and eager for information about the case.
All day Saturday people drove by the house on Kenshire Lane, just to take a quick look at it. The fire and the suspicious death of Ira Tobolowsky haven’t just piqued the curiosity of neighbors; the events have left them worried about what could come next.
Workers put the finishing touches on patching the roof where fire destroyed part of Tobolowsky’s home.
His neighbor, Nancy Rockwell, still can’t believe what she saw early Friday morning. “I come running outside, and I saw Debby, and I asked her what was going on, and she said that her husband was in the fire,” she recalled.
Firefighters found the 68-year-old attorney dead in his garage. Investigators haven’t released the exact cause of the fire or the cause of Tobolwsky’s death. They have only said both are suspicious.
“That’s just beyond belief, because you know that they’re grieving as a family losing a husband, a father, the brother, and then to find out that someone may have done this on purpose is quite devastating,” Rockwell said.
Rockwell worries that the alley that runs behind their homes could have given easy access to someone who may have meant her neighbor harm. Now both the Dallas Fire Rescue Arson Investigation Bureau and the Dallas Police Department’s homicide division are looking into the case.
“And everyday a little bit more information that comes out, it’s scary because you see about this stuff on CSI… and then it’s happening next door. It just gives you a real unsettled feeling,” Rockwell said.
Many neighbors said arson investigators have interviewed them, and they’re hoping a surveillance camera in the area may have captured footage of something, either in front of the home or in the alley.
Tobolowsky’s body was taken to the Dallas County medical Examiner’s Officer, where the toxicology investigation is pending. Both Dallas Fire- Rescue and the Dallas Police Department are looking into the case.
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