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Update: More information released in deadly Monroe fire

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The two young girls who died in the house fire on Bennie Breece Street in Monroe have now been identified as 16-month-old Emma Josephine McMurry. Her 3-year-old sister has been identified as Gwyndolyn Michele McMurry. The two girls were in their bedroom when the fire broke out.

The father, who was the only other person in the house at the time of the fire, has been identified as Morgan Daniel McMurry. He was burned when  he made a futile attempt to save his daughters. At last report he was listed in stable condition and has now been transferred to the burn unit in Shreveport.

The family has set up an account for the family at Chase Bank on the corner of North 7th and Cypress in West Monroe under the name of "Susan C McMurry".

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UPDATE: Two young girls are dead in the fire that broke out in a West Monroe home, and their father has been rushed to the hospital where he is now being reported in stable condition.

The father was burned when he rushed back into the burning home in a futile attempt to save his daughters.

The age of the two victims is said to be 3 years old and 16 months old.

The little girls and the father are believed to be the only ones who were in the house on Bennie Breece Street when the fire broke out. West Monroe Fire Chief told reporter Jillian Corder that the fire started in the children's bedroom and quickly spread to the rest of the house.

The house is a total loss.

According to a neighbor, the family of four was renting the house at the time of the fire and had not been living there very long.

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There's been a fire at a house on Bennie Breece Street in West Monroe, which now appears to have taken at least one life. We have been advised that the Ouachita Parish coroner is already on the scene.

The West Monroe Fire Chief is also en route to the scene, and Sheriff's deputies have told the KNOE 8 News crew on the scene that there will be a press conference shortly.

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