Fire victims were hearing impaired

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FOSTORIA (AP) -- Two people killed in an Ohio home arson and a third who survived were all hearing impaired, according to relatives of one of the victims.

Three people have charged in connection with the fire that broke out early Monday in Fostoria, about 40 miles south of Toledo.

The victims were identified as Danny Marker, 48, and Tara Lynn Vance, 44, city officials said. Dana Weatherall, 49, was being treated at a Toledo hospital.

Shane Marker told media outlets that the two women were visiting his brother and didn't live at the home. He said his brother smelled smoke early Monday and called his mom, but the fire had engulfed the house by the time his family and firefighters arrived.

"I could see flames coming from the front of the house. I couldn't get to the door or to the house to get him out," Marker said.

Investigators have not released a motive or how the fire started, but did say it began at the front of the house.

Shane Marker said the home's back door had been barricaded recently because there had been several break-ins, one of which included his brother suffering a broken nose.

Police have charged Shey Weiker with aggravated murder and aggravated arson. Charges against Charles Schaeffer and Timothy Hall include complicity to commit aggravated murder and complicity to commit arson.

They were being held on bond after making their first court appearances on Tuesday. Attorneys for all three did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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