Deadly fire killed 2 adults, 2 children in Oshawa, Ont.

The Oshawa house fire claimed four lives today, Monday morning.

The sound of a blast followed by frantic cries for help rang out Monday morning as a fire tore through a home, claiming the lives of two adults and two children in Oshawa.

A man, a woman, a boy and a girl died in the blaze in Oshawa, Ont., the city’s fire chief said, and three other people in the house that was divided into apartments were taken to hospital with injuries.

Fire Chief Derrick Clark said, “This is a tragic event.I want to offer my sincere condolences to the families, all the families involved in this.”

Laura Green, who could see the burned home from her backyard, said she was outside smoking with her husband when the fire broke out.

“We heard a big bang and … saw a flash and people coming out of the house screaming ‘fire’ in a total panic,” Green said. “We saw the whole thing go up in flames. It was horrific.”

“I know that (the boyfriend) ran in when one of his friends was screaming, ‘my child,”‘ Green. “I don’t know if he came back out.”

The cause of the fire wasn’t yet known, but damage was most extensive at the rear of the building, Clark said. Whether the home had working smoke detectors would be part of the investigation into the blaze, he added.

Clark said, “We don’t have any information yet on cause or determination of how this fire got going.That will be part of the investigation over the next three or four days.”