Neighbors said the deceased are a 39-year-old woman and her 14-year-old son.
The 12-year-old daughter survived and was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
A 911 call came in around 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday for a report of a fire and people trapped on the 2200 block of Pierce Street.
Firefighters were met with heavy smoke on the first floor of the two-story row home.
The fire spread to the home next door. Neighbors were evacuated.
The news shook neighbors, who say the mother was known for giving out lunches to neighborhood children during the summer.
Neighbor Asha Downing just saw her hours before the fire.
“She came over and was joking with my kids and playing with them. Two hours later, this was happening,” Downing said.
“I just heard a lot of breaking glass and you know- people screaming- ‘you gotta get back’, and I jumped up,” Downing said. “I didn’t know what was happening, so I tried to get my children out of the house. And to find out that it was them is extremely devastating because I know them and, as I said, they are just genuinely nice, good people.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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