ROXBOROUGH, Pa. (WTXF) - A Philadelphia school teacher has died and several others were hospitalized after a Sunday morning fire.
Flames broke out on the 600 block of Renz Street just before 8 a.m.
Beloved 3rd grade teacher 62-year-old Shelia Hawkins died in the fire after being trapped inside. Parents and students were heartbroken by the news at Shawmont Elementary School.
Our hearts go out to the family of Ms. Sheila Taylor-Hawkins who passed away this weekend. The Shawmont school community & the School District are coming together at this difficult time. Her years of service to @PHLschools are priceless & we are thankful for her commitment. pic.twitter.com/MJP5gGZIxa— Philadelphia Schools (@PHLschools) November 20, 2017
"It's terrible. It's sad for everybody; the kids, the school, the family-- everybody," dad Patrick King said.
Grief counselors were on hand Monday at the school.
The three residents who made it out of the home safely are in stable condition.
The Red Cross is assisting the victims as the fire remains under investigation.