5 children killed in Youngstown house fire

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Youngstown firefighters union tells FOX 8 five children were killed in a house fire on Parkcliffe Avenue.

The fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to Captain Kurt Wright with the Youngstown Fire Department, the children  who passed away were 9, 3, 2, and 1-year-old twins. Two of the children were found dead inside the home and three were taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Captain Kurt Wright with Youngstown Fire Department said when crews arrived on scene a female victim was outside the home and told firefighters that there were five children inside the home.

Investigators have not had a chance to speak with the mother but they believe she was forced to get out of the home through a second-floor window. The mother is still being treated in the hospital, her condition is unknown.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office are working alongside the Youngstown Fire Department.

While the investigation is not yet complete, Wright says they do not see anything pointing to criminal activity.

About 25 firefighters were at the scene, two of them were injured but they have been released.


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