According to the Akron Fire Department, the fire started at about 4:45 a.m. Monday in the 900 block of Grant Street.
The home was being rented by four people. The deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Kevin McCollum, a former interior design student at Akron. According to the university, the other three residents of the home were not current Akron students. Two were former students and one never attended the university.
The fire started in a second floor bedroom. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down quickly, and McCullom was found in the bedroom.
The cause of the fire hasn't yet been determined.
The American Red Cross has been notified for the students displaced by the fire.
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