NFL player mourns loss of four family members who died in South Collinwood house fire last week

CLEVELAND - Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark is mourning the death of his father and three family members who were killed in a Cleveland house fire last week. 

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined by officials.

Clark played football at Glenville High School.

The fire happened on January 30 in the 1600 block of Hillview Road in the city's South Collinwood neighborhood.

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Fire officials said the woman who jumped from the burning house is the mother of a 3-year-old boy, grandmother of the 8-year-old girl and wife of the 46-year-old man and aunt to the 44-year-old man whose bodies were found in the home. Officials say the husband and wife were sleeping on the second floor of the home when they awoke to the fire. The mother tried to rescue her son, but she was driven back by smoke and escaped the home by jumping out of a second story window.

The family confirmed the fourth victim of the fatal fire was 44-year-old Frank Clark III, who is the father of football player, Frank Clark. 

The family sent the following statement to News 5.

“The family of Frank Clark III are saddened by the news and confirm that our loved one was one of the victims of the house fire in Cleveland on January 30, 2018

We lost a great father, brother, cousin, and friend and we ask that you respectfully give us this time to mourn our loved one in private.” 

The Seattle Seahawks gave their condolences to Clark and his family.

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