AKRON, Ohio – Two adults and three children were killed and four others were rushed to hospital after a house fire early Monday morning in Akron, Ohio.
Akron firefighters responded to the blaze at around 12:50 a.m. Monday morning in the city’s North Hill neighborhood.
Akron fire lieutenant Sierjie Lash said the house was on fire when firefighters arrived.
The three injured adults and one child were taken to hospital and a neighbor who tried to help them was treated on the spot, Lash said.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that two adults and three children died in the blaze. Investigators were still working to confirm their identities Monday morning.
Akron Public Schools spokesperson Mark Williamson told Beacon Journal partner News 5 Cleveland that the children killed in the blaze were students at Leggett Elementary School, Jennings Middle School and North High School.
Lash said neighbors believed the victims were all related to each other. She said firefighters are still investigating the cause of the blaze and the house is a total loss.
Cleveland Fox 8 Television (WJW) reported that emergency crews have arrived to find relatives and neighbors trying to get people out of the burning house.
A neighbor told News 5 Cleveland she heard screams and called 911.
“My bedroom window was open and I heard screams and I looked out the window and I saw the flames and I ran into the living room and I dialed 911… I screamed my kids to get out of the house, ”said neighbor Jean Hudson. News 5.
Lash said it was Akron’s deadliest house fire since May 2017, when a mother, father and five children died in what was later called an arson attack. Stanley Ford is currently on trial in this case and is accused of starting this and another fatal house fire.