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UPDATE: Two killed in Fremont fire

Jessica Cuffman • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM

UPDATE 7:02 p.m. — Neighbors say a woman and her child were killed in the fire.

Brenda Shorty and one of her daughters, 2-year-old Vinesha Darden, were unable to escape the flames.

Investigators have not confirmed their identities, but neighbors said Shorty was a mother to six children, five others who were not home when the early morning blaze started.

Neighbors also said a man who lived there, Abdul Darden, was able to escape.

Firefighters are unsure whether there were smoke dectectors were in home.

Original post — An adult and a child were killed in an early morning fire on May Street, Fremont fire Capt. Marvin Wagner said.

The department answered the call for the fire at 4:12 a.m., but when they arrived at 520 1/2 May St., the home was fully engulfed in flames, he said.

It took about an hour for firefighters to get the blaze under control, then with help from the state fire marshal's office, they spent the next seven hours sorting through the ashes.

The bodies were discovered in the east side of the duplex, Wagner said. No one was living in the west side.

Investigators have yet to positively identify the victims, and the bodies will likely be sent to the Lucas County Coroner's Office for autopsies.

Other details, about which part of the house the bodies were found in and what the possible source of the fire was are not yet being released.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal's office is the lead investigator on the case.

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