Rome Police are looking to speak with three young people who were near the scene of Friday’s fire on West Embargo Street, but who left before investigators could speak to them.
Officials said the two men and one woman are not suspects in any crime. The fire does not appear to be suspicious or criminal in nature, authorities stated. The cause remains under investigation.
“They’re not suspects, but we’d like to know who they are and have an opportunity to speak to them,” said Lt. James P. Boyer this morning. The trio were spotted in the 300 block of W. Embargo St.
“The fire department hasn’t given any indication of foul play,” he stated.
The two men and one woman are white and appeared to be a group, Boyer said. They are either teenagers or young adults.
Anyone with information on the trio and their identities is asked to call police at 315-339-7715.
Deputy Fire Chief David L. Gratch said this morning that the cause of the fire has not yet been determined. He said a propane tank on the side of 327 W. Embargo St. was a factor in fueling the fire. Gratch said the fire is believed to have started on the porch, and then the heat from the flames melted a plug on the tank, letting off the gas.
“I think the tank functioned the way it was supposed to,” Gratch stated.
Three firefighters who were harmed during the firefight — two for heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation, and one who suffered a cut on his arm — have since recovered, officials stated.
Authorities said a total of nine people escaped the residence after the alarm was raised at 7:26 p.m. Friday. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
Fat Boys Pizza on West Thomas Street has announced that they are taking donations for the family, from clothing to household items.
The following are sizes being requested for the family:
Boy size 5T, shoes 11
Girl size 4T/5T, shoes 11
Girl size 3T, shoes 8
Male: Size large shirt, medium pants, shoes 8.5
Female: Size medium shirt, size 7 pants, shoes 7
Male: Size large shirt, 34 pants, shoe 11
Female: Size medium shirt, 7 pants, shoe 8
Female: Size large shirt, large pants, shoe 8