Madison County father accused of setting 2008 fire that killed family

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LONDON, Ohio (WCMH) — Eleven years after his wife and two children died in a house fire in Madison County, Peter Romans has been charged with killing them.

Romans, 59, is accused of setting a fire that destroyed the family home on Lilly Chapel O’Possum Run Road the night of April 6, 2008. The fire claimed the lives of Romans’ wife Billi, their 16-year-old daughter, Ami, and 12-year-old son Caleb.

A special prosecutor from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office is assigned to the case. The indictment was made public Monday morning shortly after Romans was arrested.

At the time of the fire, neighbors and friends remembered the victims as being an integral part of life at Grove City Nazarene Church. Billi Romans worked at the church’s school.

“Billi always has a wonderful smile,” friend Joyce Schneider said at the time. “She loves the Lord. She always let the love of Jesus shine through everything that she did.”

Ami and Caleb were enrolled at the school where Billi was employed.

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