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.
My father was killed in an arson fire along with 3 other members of my family on the East Side of Cleveland. Pray for me and my family during this time. pic.twitter.com/bjXxHCRe4n
— Frank Clark (@TheRealFrankC_) February 4, 2018
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.
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.
UPDATE: Frank Clark III, fourth victim of fatal fire in Cleveland, identified by family members. He is father of Seattle Seahawks player @TheRealFrankC_
Cause of fire still under investigation. pic.twitter.com/Z8X478RJx4
— Homa Bash (@HomaBashWEWS) February 5, 2018
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.
— Seattle Seahawks (@seahawksPR) February 5, 2018