4-year-old boy, 2 adults die in house fire in Ohio

December 25, 2011 - 4:05 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 4-year-old boy, his mother and another person are dead following a house fire in central Ohio late Christmas Eve.

The Columbus fire department says the blaze was reported shortly before midnight Saturday in a vacant house on the city's west side. When firefighters reached the scene, neighbors reported that people might be inside.

Battalion Chief Michael Fowler says firefighters entered the home and found three victims in a room full of flames.

They were identified Sunday as 22-year-old Jerrica Francisco, her son Deshawn Francisco and 33-year-old Demetrius Chappell. Authorities were trying to determine if they lived in the home.

The cause of the blaze was unclear. Investigators remained on the scene Sunday afternoon.

The damage was estimated at $40,000.