AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Five people, including three children, died in an early morning house fire that left three adults and another child injured Monday in northern Ohio, authorities said.
According to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office, two adults and three children died.
Akron fire Lieutenant Sierjie Laash said that three adults and one child were injured.
Their condition was not known. Authorities have not released the names and ages of the victims.
Three Akron students died at different schools, one in elementary, another in middle and the third at high school. District spokesperson Mark Williamson confirmed this in an email.
He said that another child was also taken to the burn unit at the children’s hospital. This was a student from a different elementary school. This hospital doesn’t share patient information publicly.
Christine Fowler Mack, Akron Public Schools Superintendent, said that grief counselors are mobilized when needed.
Fowler Mack stated via email that she could not express her shared grief through words. Our best efforts are now focused on connecting with students and staff that will be affected by this.
WJW-TV reports that firefighters from Akron arrived on the scene to help relatives and neighbours evacuate their loved ones.
Investigating the cause of the fire is ongoing.