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Tragedy in Warren: Fire destroys portion of Warren accident memorial site

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WARREN, Ohio - A community that has been reeling since a tragic car accident claimed the lives of six teenagers has once again been burned.

Dozens of teddy bears, candles and balloons placed at the site of the accident caught fire early Monday morning.

Officials with the fire department say the cause of the fire is still under investigation but lit candles placed at the site may be to blame.

Residents gathered at the site believe the fire was intentional.

A family member of one of the victims tells 21 News several crosses, football helmets and pictures of the victims were no longer there.

She believes they were stolen.

"We're already grieving the loss of our loved ones and then someone does something like this," says Adrian Green, a cousin to one of the victims.

"It's some place these kids can come and grieve for their friends, their family," says city resident Tammy Smithberger. "[The victims] are beautiful angels now and this is totally disrespectful, it's wrong."

A city police officer says he hopes that, with the help of fire crews, the exact cause of the fire will soon be determined.

 

 

 

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