Official: Fire that killed 3 children in Gary ruled arson

GARY, Ind. – A fire official says an apartment fire that killed three young children in the northwest Indiana city of Gary was intentional.

Mark Jones, Gary Fire department chief of operations, said Tuesday that the Dec. 23 the fire is ruled an arson, but an investigation into what started is underway.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports ( 2-year-old Yaleah Cohen, 4-year-old Alaya Pickens and 5-year-old Jayden Mitchell were pronounced dead at Oak Knoll Renaissance Apartments early Dec. 24.

Jones says that the children of the mother and a man were taken to a hospital.

Gary fire officials say two of the children were found in a bedroom on the second floor, and the third child was found on the top of a flight of stairs.


Information from: The times,

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