The three Akron students who died attended different city schools — one at an elementary building, another at a middle school and the third in high school, district spokesperson Mark Williamson confirmed in an email.
Another child who was taken to the burn unit of a children’s hospital is a student at a different elementary school, he said. That hospital doesn’t publicly share details about patient conditions.
Akron Public Schools Superintendent Christine Fowler-Mack said grief counselors were mobilized as needed.
“We cannot express our shared grief, in words,” Fowler-Mack said in an emailed statement. “Our best efforts now are focused on connecting with our students and staff who will be affected by this.”
According to WJW-TV, Akron firefighters arrived on the scene and found relatives and neighbors trying to get family members out of the home.