5 children dead after Ohio house fire


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Fire officials say five children died in a house fire late Sunday night in Ohio.

The fire broke around 11:30 p.m. at a home in Youngstown. Heavy flames and smoke were coming from the house when crews arrived. 

Firefighters say five children were in the house at the time. Two children died in the fire. Three others were rescued and taken to Mercy Health in Youngstown where they later succumbed to their injuries. 

The children who died were ages 9, 3 and 2, as well as 1-year-old twins.

The mother of the children made it out of the house but was injured. She was taken to Mercy Health. Her condition has not been released. 

Two firefighters were also injured in the fire. One was taken to Mercy Health. The other was treated at the scene. 

“It’s very hard for us. Firefighters and police officers, all our safety forces. Something like this, we give 110 percent,” one firefighter said. “Things happen the way they happen and it’s just something we have to deal with. We will have someone for our firefighters to talk to.”

Arson investigator Capt. Kurt Wright said he does not suspect foul play. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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