A suspected arson fire engulfed an apartment complex in Suburban Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, killing 10 people and forcing other residents to jump from third-story windows, reports the Associated Press. All of the victims were Mexican immigrants and lived in the same apartment on the third floor, which was destroyed in the quickly moving blaze.
The fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. at the 24-unit Lincoln Park West Apartments in suburban Columbus. The flames left a wooden skeleton exposed above melted siding and at least 53 people homeless. Survivor Antonio Noriega said his brother, sister-in-law, three nephews and five others lived in the two-bedroom apartment where the bodies were found. He said they moved from Mexico four years ago and worked as landscapers. Fire officials said it was suspicious that the fire burned so fiercely in a stairway, which in modern buildings are designed not to burn. The flames there blocked people from escaping.