YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Accident or arson? That is what investigators will try to determine from the scene of a fire that destroyed a home on Youngstown's southside.
The blaze broke out around 2 a.m. Wednesday at the house on East Dewey where two adults and five children were sleeping. When homeowner, Kakiesha Haskins awoke and discovered the front of house engulfed in flames her first thought was getting her children ages 3 to 11 to safety.
"I saw the back door was clear, no fire, so that was my escape route to get my children out of the house," says Haskins.
The house was not equipped with smoke detectors and fire officials say the family was fortunate to escape in the middle of the night.
The flames started on the front porch and the state fire marshall is assisting with the investigation. Samples of a possible accelerant were collected and will be sent to a state lab for testing.
Haskins says they've lost their home and their belongings but they are all safe and that's the most important thing. The house was not insured. The Red Cross is providing the family with temporary housing a local hotel.