3 children killed in Minneapolis house fire


Three children were killed in a fire overnight at a Minneapolis home, and officials are investigating whether the family was using the oven to heat their home.

The bodies of two children were found in the home, while a third child died at the hospital following a fire at 2755 Penn Ave. N., KSTP reports. The children were all under the age of 7, the news station says.

When firefighters arrived at the scene shortly before midnight, the two-story home was fully engulfed, the Star Tribune says. It took firefighters about an hour to put out the flames, reports note.

The children who died have not been identified, but they apparently just moved into the north Minneapolis home, WCCO's Ashely Roberts

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Fire officials say the oven door was open, and investigators believe it may have been used for heat, reports note. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

A vigil is planned for Sunday at 5 p.m. People are asked to bring teddy bears and balloons, WCCO says.

Some tweets from the scene:

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's website shows 33 people have died in fires from January through August of this year.

There were 41 fire fatalities last year, compared to 44 in 2013 and 50 in 2012, the Department of Public Safety notes.

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