AKRON, Ohio – Five people have died in an overnight house fire in Akron, Ohio, according to The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Officials reported that three children and two adults were among the victims.
The house was completely submerged by firefighters who arrived at the scene around 1 AM Monday.
“Well, as you can see, it was totally submerged,” said Lt. Sierjie Lash of the Akron Fire Department. We had some damage to the houses next door, we got it under control in a reasonable amount of time, but unfortunately we have tragedies again,” said Lt. Sierjie Lash of the Akron Fire Department.
Yam Subba was identified by News 5 as the son of one the victims. After hearing the news, Subba drove from Columbus. For over a whole year, he was away from his family due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Subba shared with News 5 that his father and stepmother were among the victims of the house fire.
The photo below shows his relatives who were killed in the house fire.
Subba stated that he was shocked at the news.
“I don’t understand how this happened. Subba stated that it was really tragic.
The neighbor with her window open, heard screaming and dialled 911.
Jean Hudson, a neighbor, said that her bedroom window was open when she heard the screams and ran to the living room to call 911. She shouted at her children to get out of their house.
Akron Public Schools spokeswoman Mark Williamson stated that three children died in the fire: North High School, Jennings Middle School and Legget Elementary.
Williamson released the following statement on behalf of Christine Fowler Mack, of Akron Public Schools:
“Early this morning we were informed of a fire that killed three children. Three students from Akron Public Schools. We can’t express our grief in words. Our best efforts are to connect with students and staff that have been affected by this. The district has now mobilized its bereavement counselors and is ready to assist in this tragic time.