2 children killed, 4 others injured in Racine house fire

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by Laura Matovina

RACINE -- The Racine Fire Department is investigating a deadly house fire that happened early Thursday morning.

Crews responded to the home in the 1900 block of Linden Avenue around 12:50 a.m.

Firefighters observed heavy smoke and flames coming from the home.

They immediately started search and rescue procedures.

Firefighters found one man, and four children inside the burning home. All the children were found on the first floor, where the fire is believed to have originated.

All victims were transported to the hospital. Two of the children, both girls ages 8 and 9, died at the hospital. Their younger brothers, ages 5 and 7, are listed in extremely poor condition.

The male victim's condition is unknown at the time.

Fire officials say a sixth victim showed up to the hospital on his or her own, but that person's condition is unknown.

At least 4 firefighters had to be replaced because of heat exhaustion.

Crews say the rescue attempt was difficult because of the amount of smoke and because there were bars on the exterior windows of the bedroom where the children were trapped.

Firefighters also had diffuculty because there was a lot of clutter and furniture preventing firefighters from moving easily through the home.

Fire investigators believe the fire began in the first floor bathroom. They are continuing to investigate the deadly fire.

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