Mother, Father and Two Children Killed in House Fire - New York News

Mother, Father and Two Children Killed in House Fire

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(FOX 11 / CNS)  A Los Angeles house fire that killed a man and his two children has now claimed the life of the mother.
 
Fire Capt. Jaime  Moore says the woman died at a hospital at about 1:30 p.m. Monday -- about nine hours after the blaze at a Sylmar home.
 
Smoke inhalation is suspected in the death of the woman, her husband, their 12-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.
 
Moore says all four had no pulses and weren't breathing when firefighters pulled them from the metal-sided barn that was built in the 1960s as a residence. The man and children were pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
 
Moore says the building was certified for residential use but lacked fire alarms and the owner could face criminal charges.
 
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Moore says arson has been ruled out.

The fire at 13781 Eldridge Ave. was reported at 4:37 a.m. and was extinguished in 25 minutes, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. He described the residence as a converted barn on the rear of the lot.

No smoke alarms were found, he said.

Firefighters rescued two adults and two children, Humphrey said. They were described as a mother, a father, a pre-teen boy and a pre-teen girl, Humphrey said.

The man and the two children were declared dead at a hospital, said LAFD Capt. Jaime Moore. The mother was said to be in grave condition.

The fire damaged the "barn-like'' structure at the rear of the property, Humphrey said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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