CANTON, Ohio - An early morning fire engulfed a two-story house Tuesday, killing two adults and four children, authorities said.
A seventh person, a 21-year-old woman, was flown by helicopter to an Akron hospital in critical condition with burns, said Rick Walters, an investigator with the Stark County Coroner's Office.
One of the victims, Donald Knight, ran into the house to try to rescue a nephew and the others, said the man's brother, James Knight. Donald Knight stopped to help when he saw the house burning as he was going to his home nearby in the blue collar neighborhood of two-story homes.
"The whole house was engulfed. The whole house was nothing but red," James Knight said.
A man tried to use a garden hose to douse flames, and another man who tied a bandanna around his face had to turn back on the front porch steps when he tried to go inside, neighbors said.
Two adults and a child pulled from the first floor died at the house, Battalion Chief Raymond Harple said. The three others found on the second floor were pronounced dead at hospitals.
The children ranged in age from seven weeks to 10 years, the coroner's office said. Authorities were trying to determine the victims' relationship.
The coroner identified the victims as: 7-week-old Katlin Cavanaugh; 4-year-old Cally Gross; 9-year-old Jerry Knight; 10-year-old Leigha Gross; 34-year-old Dale Gross and 43-year-old Donald Knight.
It was too early to determine the fire's cause, Harple said.
Joyce Hodous, who lives three houses down the street, said she was awakened about 4 a.m. by the victims' yelling.
"There were children screaming to get out, 'Please, help me,'" she said. Firefighters were already at the scene, she said.
Shirley Young, who lives directly across the street, said she woke up when she heard a woman screaming for neighbors to call 911 from the home's porch.
"First it sounded like a cat, so we thought it was a cat yelling," she said. "We looked out the window and I saw the blazes coming out of the house."
Firefighters performed CPR on the front lawn on a young woman, Young said.
"The four children, they couldn't find them for a long time," Young said. "They found them and put two of them on one stretcher and took the four of them away."
Harple said firefighters could not get to the three people on the first floor until they knocked down flames roaring out the front windows.
Firefighters used ladders to get to the others on the second floor through the windows, he said. The home did not have smoke detectors.
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12-23-2003, 03:04 PM #1
Fire kills 6 in Ohio
12-23-2003, 03:13 PM #2
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12-24-2003, 10:37 PM #3
Defenitely a bad year for fire in Ohio...Too many fatalities, all over the state...When we had that quintuple fafality at OSU in the spring, we shoulda all known it wasn't fonna get any better...Remember KQJ943
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