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Two children killed in Racine house fire

Fatal fire graphic.
Fatal fire graphic.

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - Two children were killed, and four other people went to a hospital after an overnight house fire in Racine.

Authorities were told that 4 kids were trapped in a burning building around 12:45 a.m.

Fire Chief Steve Hansen it took about 15 minutes to remove the youngsters, because security bars blocked windows in the children’s room – and home furnishings and heavy smoke blocked interior doorways.

After the final child was removed, Hansen said at least 4 firefighters 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 6th victim showed up a short time later. Two of the youngsters ended up being transferred to Milwaukee Children’s Hospital.

Units from the neighboring South Shore Fire Department treated the firefighters. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.