AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Public Schools community is mourning the loss of two of its students, and praying for the recovery of another, after a devastating fire killed four people and injured two others Saturday morning, spokesperson Mark Williamson confirmed to Fox 8 News.
Tragically lost in the fire, were an 8-year-old girl, who was a third grader at Seiberling Elementary, and a 9-year-old girl, who was a fourth grader at Forest Hills Elementary. A 12-year-old girl, who is a student at Hyre Middle School, survived the fire and is recovering at an area hospital. Her condition has not yet been released.
Akron Public Schools released the following statement on the tragedy Saturday afternoon:
“Akron Public Schools and its community of families are profoundly saddened by this loss of two precious children and other members of their family. Three of our schools have felt this tragedy, deeply, and will be visited by our counselors this week for assistance. We offer our heartfelt prayers.”
Fire officials say the blaze ripped through the three-story home in the 200 block of East Tallmadge Avenue, at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Two adults — a 34-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man — were also killed.
Investigators say the 12-year-old girl and another adult survived the fire: one person escaped out of a window, while the other was rescued by Akron firefighters. Both are in area hospitals.