Authorities: 2 children, woman die in house fire in Ohio

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two children and a woman have died in a house fire in eastern Ohio.

City and state fire officials are investigating to determine the cause of the fire reported around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in Steubenville. City Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi says firefighting efforts were hampered when power lines fell on a nearby vehicle, setting it on fire.

Capaldi says the bodies of the woman, a 10-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl were found inside the home. One person who escaped the blaze was taken to a hospital with burns. That person’s condition wasn’t immediately known.

A Steubenville City Schools district statement identified the children as elementary school student Amber Shope and middle school student Terry Richardson Jr.

The woman’s name and the victims’ relationships weren’t immediately released. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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