3 children missing, others badly hurt in Texas house fire


CONROE, Texas (AP) - Three children are missing and six other members of the same family are injured, three critically, after a burning house collapsed north of Houston.

Montgomery County sheriff's Lt. Scott Spencer says the missing children range in age from 7 to 13 years.

Spencer says three of the people taken to hospitals are in critical condition and three others have injuries that are not life-threatening. Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams told KHOU-TV that one of the critically injured is a 10-year-old boy who suffered severe burns.

Spencer says two Shenandoah police officers who were among the first to respond to the fire near Conroe also were hurt, suffering smoke inhalation and other injuries.

Williams says flames and heat drove away emergency responders attempting to enter the home.