A fire that killed three young children at an apartment complex Friday night in Gary was intentionally set, authorities said.
The Lake County coroner’s office identified a girl and boy as 4-year-old Alaya Pickens and 5-year-old Jayden Mitchell, who lived in the 3500 block of West 20th Avenue in Gary. On Monday, the coroner’s office identified the third child, a cousin, as a 2-year-old girl, Yaleah Cohen, who lived in the apartment where she died.
A woman jumped from a second-story window to escape the flames and heavy smoke, fire officials said. She was taken to a hospital with burns and was expected to survive, according to police and fire officials.
Fire crews responded at 11:26 p.m. to the blaze in one unit of the Oak Knoll Renaissance apartment complex in the 4400 block of West 23rd Court in Gary, according to the Gary Fire Department.