AKRON, Ohio - Two sisters who were found unconscious in a burning home in Akron on Friday have passed away.
Jada Snowden, 12 and Kymera Cody, 5, were rescued from the Seward Avenue home by firefighters. They were taken to Akron Children's Hospital and initially listed in critical condition.
The fire began before 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, according to the Akron Fire Department.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan released this statement on Saturday evening:
“My family, the Akron Fire Department, and the entire Akron community are profoundly saddened by this heartbreaking incident,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “While any loss of life is tragic, the loss of a child is truly devastating. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family and loved ones of these two precious girls during this time of great sorrow and grief. We pray for their strength and healing, and offer our support, in the difficult days to come.
I thank our first responders for their bravery in quickly responding to the scene of this
house fire in the early hours of the morning, and for their efforts to rescue those trapped inside. I offer my full support and confidence to the professionals as they investigate the cause of this unfortunate incident.”
According to the fire department, there were no smoke detectors in the home.
Akron Public Schools Superintendent released this statement:
We are saddened by the news of the deaths of Kymera Cody and Jada Snowden. We are here to help and support their family in any way we can during this difficult time.
Our counselors and psychologists will have their teams at Schumacher and Buchtel community learning centers first thing Monday morning to assist classmates of Kymeria and Jada and our staff members who feel these losses profoundly.
This is the third time in 10 months we have lost children in house fires in our community. Nine children have perished. This has led us to begin discussing working on a better way to help children protect themselves outside of school hours. Clearly, more must be done.