WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A mother and her 5-year-old son died in a house fire in Warren.
Two others — the father and another child — were transported to the hospital, but they have since been released.
The fire started early Friday morning, just after 3 a.m., near the 2800 block of Woodland Street.
According to dispatch reports, the fire appeared to have started in the garage or area in the back of the house. The sound of explosions was reportedly heard.
The house is ruled a total loss.
“Crews arrived and the house was fully involved. Two occupants were able to make it out on their own, two did not,” said Assistant Fire Chief Bill Monrean.
Neighbor Jeannette Sanders ran out of her home when she woke up to the sound of screams and saw the flames from her window.
“My husband called 911. They said the fire trucks were on their way. The house was fully enflamed by that time,” Sanders said. “The young father and the young son had already gone across the street to the other neighbor’s house. Everybody did everything they could.”
The young family that lived in the home is described as friendly and active in the community, even starting traditions in the neighborhood.
“They all started doing the luminaries. They all started doing those things together,” Sanders said. “It is going to be a hard thing on this neighborhood because we’re all very close.”
The state fire marshal was called to investigate the cause of the fire since a fatality was involved.