Firefighters say Youngstown house where 5 kids died had working smoke detectors

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A mother is in the hospital in critical condition and her five children who died in a late night fire on Youngstown’s south side have been identified. The fire department confirmed the rental house did have working smoke detectors and was last inspected in July.

America “Amy” Negron Acevedo, 26, is being treated at Metro Health in Cleveland. Acevedo made it out of the house but was injured. Capt. Kurt Wright said she jumped from a second-story window of the home.

The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office confirmed 9-year-old Aleysha Rosario, 3-year-old Charles Gunn, 2-year-old Ly’Asia Gunn and 1-year-old twins Brianna Negron and Arianna Negron died in the Sunday fire in the 400 block of Parkcliffe Avenue.

Youngstown City Schools Spokesperson Denise Dick said Rosario was a fourth grader at Wilson Elementary.

The fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. Heavy flames and smoke were coming from the house when crews arrived.

Firefighters said the five children were in the house at the time.

Two children were found dead inside the home. The other three were rescued and taken to Mercy Health in Youngstown, where they later died.

Two firefighters were injured in the fire. One was taken to Mercy Health. The other was treated at the scene.

“It’s very hard for us. Firefighters and police officers, all our safety forces. Something like this, we give 110 percent. Things happen the way they happen and it’s just something we have to deal with. 
We will have someone for our firefighters to talk to,” Fire Chief Barry Finley said.

Wright said there was no one else inside the home at the time.

Acevedo’s co-worker came to the scene Monday. Tomika Brooks, of Hubbard, said she used to work with her at Century Containers in Columbiana.

Arson Investigator Wright said he does not suspect foul play. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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