Stuffed animal tribute growing for kids killed in Youngstown fire

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Stuffed animals are piling up beneath colorful balloons in a makeshift memorial outside the Ohio home where a late-night fire killed five young children, including 1-year-old twins.

Youngstown Fire Capt. Kurt Wright says the other children were ages 9, 3 and 2.

Wright says the mother jumped from a second-floor window and was hospitalized with injuries. He says no one else was in the home.

The Mahoning County coroner’s office hadn’t publicly identified the children by midday Monday as officials were working to notify relatives.

State and local investigators are trying to determine the cause of the Sunday night blaze. The damage was mostly on the home’s first floor, leading them to believe the fire started there.

Officials say there was no immediate sign that the fire was suspicious.

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