AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Authorities have identified the two adults and two girls killed in a fire at an Akron home that lacked smoke detectors, and they’re considering whether the rental property’s owner should be cited.
Firefighters say a city ordinance requires homes there to have working smoke detectors. Investigators haven’t found any in the three-story home, where a family of five lived with a friend.
The fire early Saturday killed four people from the family: 36-year-old Omar Riley; 33-year-old Shirley Wallis; 9-year-old Aniyla Riley; and 8-year-old Shanice Riley. A 12-year-old girl was revived, and the other woman escaped.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Meanwhile, firefighters and the American Red Cross planned Tuesday to canvass nearby homes and install free smoke detectors in any that don’t have them.