CLEVELAND - A fire broke out at a crowded house during a children’s sleepover early Saturday, killing seven kids and two adults, the fire department said. The fire was so hot it scorched the frame of the home jet black and forced back neighbors who rushed in to help.
Eleven people were in the house when the blaze started about 3 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Tim O’Toole. The victims were from 4 to 34, and at least one of the children was at the house for a sleepover, O’Toole said.
A mother and several of her children were among those killed, authorities and neighbors said. It was unclear whether the others were related. Two other people at the house survived.
Richard Carter told WKYC-TV that he lost his daughter and several grandchildren in the blaze.
"I just want somebody to pray for me and my family," he said through tears as he trembled in the chilly spring air.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Jesus, be with the grieving friends and family, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and grandparents of these precious children. Show them your mercy and compassion, and console them in their pain. Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Mother Most Sorrowful, shelter them under your mantle. Receive the souls of the deceased, and may they rest in peace. Amen.