AKRON, OH. (THECOUNT) — Lydia Rebecca Aponte and her children, 10-year-old Makayla Monterey, 7-year-old Isiah Ortiz, and 5-year-old Aiden Ortiz, have been identified as the victims killed in a house fire in Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood, authorities said on Thursday.
The house at 18th Street SW and Iona Avenue was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived Wednesday morning leaving four dead, including three children.
According to family, Aponte alerted her fiance, 28-year-old Jesus Castaneda, of the fire. He opened a window while she went to help her kids. Castaneda ended up jumping from a second-story window, family told FOX 8.
He was not injured.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said it is waiting on DNA results.
The children were all students at Pfeiffer Elementary School.
“The entire Akron Public Schools family is grief stricken that a wonderful young family, a family new to our community and a blessing to Pfeiffer Elementary School is gone. We hope you will join all of us as we pray for these children, their mother and everyone who was close in their lives,” said David James, superintendent.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.