WARREN, Ohio – Six victims of a house fire in northeast Ohio have been confirmed as a couple, their two children and two nieces sleeping over.
The Trumbull County coroner identified Friday the victims of Thursday's fire in Warren. They are: 30-year-old Derek Dorsey and 31-year-old Audrey Johnson; their children, 9-year-old Ariell Dorsey and 11-year-old Derek Dorsey Jr.; and the nieces, 9-year-old Miracle Hugley of Warren and 13-year-old Ja'Niece Hicks of Columbus.
The preliminary cause of the fire has been identified as a smoldering charcoal grill near the home's rear wall. The family had a cookout Wednesday night.
The fire gutted the rear and second floor of the house. The adults were found dead on the first floor and the children upstairs.
The coroner's office hoped to finish autopsies Friday.