AKRON, Ohio — Two adults and three children who were killed when a fire ripped through their Akron home have been identified, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The victims have been identified as:
- Dal Subba, 60-year-old male
- Phip Subba, 48-year-old female
- Prena Subba, 16-year-old female
- Smile Subba, 11-year-old male
- Parisa Limbu Khajum, a 5-year-old female
The cause and manner of their deaths are pending at this time.
All five died when a fire broke out inside their home in the 1100 block of Linden Avenue, located in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood on Monday.
Fire officials said in addition to the five people who died inside the home, four others were taken to nearby hospitals, including three adults and one child. Those individuals were treated for burns and smoke inhalation.
Mark Williamson, a spokesperson for Akron Public Schools, said the children killed in the house fire were students at Legget Elementary, Jennings Middle School and North High School.
Akron's mayor released a statement after the fatal fire:
“My family, the Akron Fire Department, and the entire Akron community, are profoundly saddened by this devastating incident. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family members of those who lost their lives, as we continue to pray for strength and healing for the survivors being treated. We will see to it that the survivors and the victims’ family are supported in this time of great sorrow and need. I want to thank the Akron Fire Department for their bravery in responding to this fire and for their attempts to rescue those trapped inside,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan.
The Kirat Community Organization has set up a gofundme page to help the survivors with medical bills and to pay for funeral expenses for those who couldn’t get out.
"They lost their house. They lost all of the property inside. Everything burned down and they have nothing left over,” said Dhan Subba, a relative.
Jeff Poole, who lives next door, is haunted by the deadly fire.
"It's sad, man, knowing kids died in there and that family was great,” Poole said.
Poole and his sister are also helping out by setting up another gofundme fundraiser, with 100% of the money raised going to the family.
"You can drop off blankets, hygiene materials, gift cards for food, money, whatever will help these people out,” he said.
Poole believes there will be a lot of support for the victims in Akron’s North Hill—an international neighborhood.
"We all got to stick together. We all have to live together. It's just helping them out."
Dhan Subba said he is grateful for the outpouring of love and support.
"When I see this, really there's no words to express, but I'm thankful. I'm really, really thankful,” he said.
Donations will be collected on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Linden Avenue next door to the house fire.
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