December 21, 2014

Racine house fire kills two

A house fire overnight in Racine left two children dead and sent four other people to a hospital.

Authorities were told that four kids were trapped in a burning building around 12:45 this morning. Fire Chief Steve Hansen says it took about 15 minutes to remove the children because security bars blocked windows in their room, while furniture and heavy smoke blocked interior doorways.

After the final child was removed, Hansen said at least four fire fighters succumbed to heat exhaustion. The four kids and a man were taken by ambulance to a Racine hospital, where two of the youngsters died. A sixth victim showed up a short time later.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.