Columbus Firefighters Identify Three Bodies Found Inside Home

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Fire investigators have not said what caused the Christmas Eve blaze.(Photo: Flickr)
Fire investigators have not said what caused the Christmas Eve blaze.(Photo: Flickr)

Columbus authorities have identified the three people found dead in a Wisconsin Avenue house on Christmas Eve.

22-year-old Jerrica Francisco, her 4-year-old son Deshawn Francisco, and 33-year-old Demetrius Chappell were found inside the Franklinton home late Saturday night.

Fire investigators say they entered the home and found the three inside a room full of flames.

Investigators are still looking for the cause of the fire. A community leader, Franklinton Area Commission chair, Carol Stewart, tells WOSU’s Tom Borgerding reports of fire deaths are all too familiar in the west side neighborhood. In the past decade house fires have taken the lives of 20 people.

The fatal fire on North Yale was ruled an arson in October of 2010. Stewart says makeshift memorials remain at the Yale Avenue address. Carol Stewart chairs of the Franklinton Area Commission.

Click the listen icon to hear WOSU’s interview with Carol Stewart

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