Four teenagers being questioned in fatal arson fire

YOUNGSTOWN — Four teenage boys were taken into custody for questioning after a predawn fire that investigators said was intentionally set claimed the lives of two women and four children.

Investigators believe an accelerant was poured on the porch of 1645 Stewart Ave. and ignited. Within minutes, flames engulfed the five-room 1 3/4 story house.

Fire Chief John J. O’Neill Jr. said 911 was called at 5:29 a.m.

Three other residents of the home, a man and two women, made it out of the and were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Police and fire investigators were expected to provide details later today on the teenage boys being questioned.

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