Five children--ranging in age from one to nine years old--died in a horrific home fire in Youngstown, Ohio, this month. At the time of this post, the children's mother remains in critical condition at a Cleveland burn center after she leaped from a second-story window and roof to escape the flames.
"I don't think she knows [about her children] yet," the mother's friend, Yary Rodriquez, told a local NBC affiliate. "[Those were] her five babies. Her five angels. They were her world."
After speaking with Youngstown fire officials, the local media has also reported that there were working smoke alarms inside the residence. The cause is under investigation, but initial findings don't seem to point to anything suspicious.
Smoke alarms are vital in all homes, but the statistics speak for themselves. These devices reduce the risk of dying in a home fire by 50 percent, whereas the death rate is 80 percent lower in homes with fire sprinklers than those without them, according to NFPA. When in the market for a new home or building a new home, please make sure it includes home fire sprinklers. If you need some help from us, please ask.