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3 children die in Christmas morning house fire

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HOUMA, La. (KNOE 8 News) - State Fire Marshal investigators are on the scene of a deadly fire this afternoon in Houma that claimed the lives of three juveniles early Christmas morning.

The children ages 11, 12 and 13 years old, were unable to escape the fire, while nine other occupants were able to escape. One of the victims was a female, the other two were males. According to the State Fire Marshal's office, all of the victims were visiting from Alabama.

Around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Houma firefighters were called to 120 Whispering Oaks Dr. When crews got to the scene, a two-bedroom manufactured home was fully engulfed in flames. After extinguishing the fire, firefighters found the bodies of the 3 victims.

Some of the survivors suffered moderate to severe injuries, and all were taken a hospital for treatment. State Fire Marshal Investigators assisted Terrebonne Parish authorities in determining the cause of the fire.

Investigators determined the fire originated in the living room/kitchen area of the single-wide mobile home. That's where four of the children had been sleeping at the time. Several possible causes are being investigated, including space heaters and candles which were in use in the home.

According to the fire marshal's report, the parents of the deceased were sleeping in an adjoining bedroom, and were alerted to the fire by smoke entering their room under the bedroom door. The father entered the living room, got one child and evacuated to the outside. The fire grew larger and did not allow him to return. His wife and another child evacuated through the bedroom window. Others who had been sleeping in a bedroom on the opposite end of the mobile home were able to escape through a back door.

Investigators will continue examining the scene and conducting interviews, but they report there were no working smoke alarms in the home at the time of the fire.

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