Deceased Man Identified From Deadly Fire in Scranton

SCRANTON, Pa. -- A deadly fire on Roosevelt Street in Scranton is now being called arson.

The Lackawanna County coroner said the victim, Brett Sweeting,  26, died from smoke inhalation.

The fire started just before 2 a.m. Monday in the garage and that is where the man was found.

Once the flames were out at the home on Roosevelt Street on Scranton's east mountain, a man was found dead inside. Neighbors wanted to know who it was because they didn't think anyone was currently living there.

"When we first moved here, I was told the house was vacant," said neighbor Samantha Drysdale.

Drysdale moved in across the street about five months ago, but never understood the activity that was always going on in the house on Roosevelt Street.

"Shortly after, we saw the same people in and out of the house. Whether they were going to work, or whatever they were doing, like a daily activity. But from my understanding, it was supposed to be empty."

The home is now a crime scene, fire officials calling it arson. Investigators and detectives were seen removing evidence from the garage where the fire started and where the man's body was found.

"I just think it is out of the ordinary for something like that to be happening up there," neighbor Suzanne Abdalla said.

According to Lackawanna County real estate records, Chad Kenowski owns the home.

Next door neighbors knew Kenowski's aunt when she owned the home. Neighbors say Kenowski inherited it from her.

"He moved in after she died, but then he didn't live there for a while. I really don't know where he was living," said neighbor Ann Genello.

Genello says the house was up for sale for a few months, but about two weeks ago, the for sale sign was taken down.

"The sign was off, and it was just laying in the driveway against the garage door. So, I don't know if he sold it, or he didn't sell it."

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