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

Fire crews at Stivers High School (WDTN Photo)
Fire crews at Stivers High School (WDTN Photo)

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.

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