Fire officials: 7 people killed in fire at Ohio home

Firefighters investigate the remains of a burned home in Akron, Ohio on Monday, May 15, 2017. Firefighters said multiple people died in the fire at the home. (AP photo/Dake Kang)

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A fire chief says seven people have died in a northeast Ohio house fire.

Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker didn’t say how many of the dead are children or adults. He spoke at a news conference outside the home in Akron, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Cleveland.

Neighbors and a relative have said there were children inside the home where a fire was reported shortly before 3 a.m. Monday.

Tucker says the Akron Fire Department is working with the state fire marshal’s office and Akron police to determine the cause of the blaze. A fire marshal’s official says investigators have collected evidence.

The fire occurred just a block from a home where a man and a woman died in an April 2016 fire investigated as a possible arson.

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