Fire investigators on Monday were sifting through the rubble in the Bridgeport fire in which three small children died Sunday. They are working in the pouring rain, in a building that's structurally compromised.
Firefighters and investigators also say people are being quite vocal, on the streets and on social media about various theories on what started the blaze. However, investigators say nothing is known, and likewise, nothing has been ruled out.
The tragic loss of three children has shocked the community as well as investigators and firefighters. One resident, who declined to go on camera said he walks past the building every day and now it represents great sadness. A debriefing team is on hand to work with firefighters, to help them through what they have experienced.
The children's parents are still hospitalized in Pittsburgh.
Bridgeport Fire Chief Mark Subasic said firefighters had a rough time getting into the burning building at 300 Main Street on Sunday.
Subasic said heavy thick smoke was pouring out of the building. Subasic would not confirm that three children died in the blaze. But witnesses at the scene said all three were killed.
There were four apartments in the building, three of which were occupied. Subasic would only say five people were taken to the hospital.
The Fire Marshal is on the scene Monday to investigate.
7 News has confirmed the Belmont County Coroner is on the scene of a fire on Main Street in Bridgeport.
According to Bridgeport Fire Chief Mark Subasic , a family of five was trapped inside the duplex.
Subasic said the parents received serious burns and were flown to a nearby hospital but he will not release any information about the kids.
Witnesses at the scene said the three children were killed in the fire.
Stay with wtrf.com as we work to get more details.
According to the Bridgeport Fire Chief, a family of five was trapped inside the building. The parents received serious burns and were flown to a nearby hospital by helicopter. The condition of the three children is not being disclosed at this time.
Authorities say the fire started on the second floor of the duplex.
Fire crews are battling an apartment complex fire Sunday morning in Bridgeport.
The fire is near the Bridgeport Police Department on Main Street.
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