A deadly fire ripped through a Steubenville home early Sunday morning claiming multiple victims.
Officials got the call around 2:30 a.m., and when they arrived, the flames were already consuming the home at 602 Linden Avenue.
Two neighboring homes were also in danger. Fortunately, first responders were able to extinguish those in time, but the home in which the fire started was destroyed, along with a car parked out front. Officials say that made it even more difficult to put the fire out.
“The vehicle was burning, but we couldn’t put any water on it because it had live wires laying across it. So, every time we put water on it, the wires were popping and jumping around. We basically had to put the structure fires out while the vehicle was burning behind us,” said Steubenville Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi.
Officials say all three homes were occupied. Neighboring families are safe and staying with relatives.
Fire Marshals are currently investigating, but several witnesses say three people died in the destroyed home. Maurice Brown’s son lives in one of the neighboring houses and says one man did make it out of the house alive, but a mother and two of her young children were killed.
“As the night went on, I heard a few firemen say they were definitely sure that there were three bodies in there still. My granddaughter and grandson are devastated. They played with the kids. They had a little teepee built in the yard next door. They were out there playing two days ago,” said Brown.
Right now, the Fire Marshal’s office will not comment on the victims or the cause of the fire, as the investigation is ongoing.
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