Five dead in Akron fire, including three children

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A house fire in Akron has claimed the lives of five people, including three children and two adults.

Emergency personnel responded to a house fire at 1118 Linden Ave. just before 1 a.m. Monday morning.

According to Akron Public Schools, the children’s ages were 5, 11 and 16 and they all were students within the district.

“Early this morning we were informed of a fire that has taken the lives of three children.  Three Akron Public Schools students.  We cannot express our shared grief, in words.  Our best efforts now are focused on connecting with our students and staff who will be affected by this. Grief counselors have been mobilized now and are where they need to be to help our district through this tragedy,” said Superintendent Christine Fowler Mack.

The identifies of the deceased have not been released at this time and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.