Akron Public Schools issues statement after two students' death

On Friday, two students from Akron Public School died in a fire on Seward Ave.

12-year-old Jada Snowden and 5-year-old Kymera Cody, were initially taken to Akron Children's Hospital in critical condition after being rescued from bed while unconscious.

The pair later died at the hospital. 

It's unclear how the fire started, but so far there are no signs of arson.

Investigators say they did not find any smoke alarms in the home.

Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James issued the following statement concerning the death of the two girls: 

 

"We are saddened by the news of the deaths of Kymera Cody and Jada Snowden.  We are here to help and support their family in any way we can during this difficult time.  

Our counselors and psychologists will have their teams at Schumacher and Buchtel community learning centers first thing Monday morning to assist classmates of Kymera and Jada and our staff members who feel these losses profoundly.

This is the third time in 10 months we have lost children in house fires in our community.  Nine children have perished.  This has led us to begin discussing working on a better way to help children protect themselves outside of school hours.  Clearly, more must be done.We are saddened by the news of the deaths of Kymera Cody and Jada Snowden.  We are here to help and support their family in any way we can during this difficult time. " 

 

Statement by Akron Public Schools Superintendent David W. James

concerning the deaths of two APS students who died in Friday's Seward Avenue house fire:

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