Children killed in Pittsburgh house fire identified

Two boys are dead and five other people are injured, two of them firefighters, after a house fire in Pittsburgh’s Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood Monday morning.

The victims were identified as 7-year-old Dylan Taylor and 12-year-old Nicholas Taylor, reports WPXI.

The boys died in a house fire on the 2400 block Sorrell Street.

The children’s mother, Jennifer Taylor, 38, and 6-year-old Joshua reportedly jumped from a second story window.  They were taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition.

Raymond Taylor, 16, escaped  and was treated for smoke inhalation.

According to WPXI, the family’s 1-year-old dog died in the fire.

Witnesses say screams could be heard from inside the home.

WPXI reports that neighbors tried to get into the home, but the doors were locked.  They broke a window, but there was too much smoke inside.

Items like a teddy bear and Jesus statue have been left at the scene, building a makeshift memorial.  Neighbors say they hope those tokens of love and support will give family members the strength that they will need in the coming days.

“Whether you know the people or not, it affects your whole community. It just does, and this is a time where the city needs to come together and help this family as much as possible, and show them this is Pittsburgh strong,” said Janet Sims, one of the people who dropped off teddy bears.

Officials say one firefighter suffered a shoulder injury and another was treated for heat. Both are expected to recover.

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