CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland firefighters have located all four bodies missing since early Tuesday morning following a house fire.
The bodies were inside a Hillview Road home that became engulfed in wind-driven flames.
Officials with Cleveland fire say a 46-year-old woman jumped from the home to safety during the fire. She was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic, and later taken to MetroHealth Hospital via helicopter.
Cleveland Fire PIO Mike Norman said the family's 46-year-old father, his 44-year-old nephew, the 8-year-old granddaughter, and the 3-year-old son never made it out of the home.
"The house is severely compromised, there's a partial roof collapse, the basements flooded. There's about 9 feet of water in the basement so it's really difficult for anybody to enter. It's just not safe for any of our guys to go in."
The fire started before 2 a.m. Tuesday in the Collinwood neighborhood in the 1600 block of Hillview Road.
The frigid temperatures and winter weather, as well as the home's condition posed a challenge for the firefighters responsible for searching for the possible victims trapped in the house.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Arson investigators and the state fire marshal have been called to the scene.
The home had smoke detectors, but they were not working. The cause is still under investigation, and a coroner's report will be released soon.
It took 38 firefighters from eight companies nearly two hours to put out the fire.
Cleveland Councilman Anthony Hairston, Ward 10, offered the following statement in the wake of the fatal fire: