Former University of Akron student killed in house fire identified

(Source: WOIO)
(Source: WOIO)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Firefighters say a former University of Akron student was killed in a house fire Monday morning.

The Summit County Medical Examiner has identified the victim as Kevin McCollum, 26.

According to the Akron Fire Department, the fire was first reported at approximately 4:45 a.m. at a large house in the 600 block of Grant Street. The house, which is rented by McCollum and three other college students, is approximately a mile and a half south of the University of Akron campus.

Crews arrived to smoke showing from the large house and fire in the second-floor bedroom.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire, but McCollum's body was found in the bedroom.

Two of the renters were able to escape from the house. A third student was away for the night.

Investigators are still determining the cause of the fire.

Red Cross has been notified to assist the students who have been displaced.

Stay with Cleveland 19 News for updates to this developing story.

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