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Third child dies from Racine house fire

RACINE (WXOW) -- A third child has died from a Racine house fire.

The family of 7-year-old Michael Scott says he died Friday. The boy's sisters, 9-year-old Dayja and 8-year-old Dalijah, died the day before.

Fire officials say firefighters pulled four unconscious children from a first-floor bedroom about 1 a.m. Thursday.

The family says the fourth child, 5-year-old Luther Patterson, remains at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Officials believe the fire started in a bathroom, but their investigation is still ongoing. 

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RACINE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Racine officials say a fire that killed two girls and injured their two brothers apparently started in a bathroom.

Fire Chief Steven Hansen says investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire. Firefighters pulled four unconscious children from a first-floor bedroom about 1 a.m. Thursday.

They found an adult male victim in the driveway of the home as they arrived. All were taken to Wheaton All Saints Hospital where the girls, ages 8 and 9, were pronounced dead. Two brothers, ages 5 and 7, were transferred to Children's Hospital in metro Milwaukee.

Hansen says the mother of the children tried rescuing them, but was driven back by heavy smoke and fire and ran to a neighbor for help. The chief says there was no electricity in the home prior to the fire.

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RACINE, Wisconsin - (WXOW) -- Two children are dead and two others are in poor condition at the Children's Hospital in Milwaukee after being caught in a house fire early Thursday morning in Racine.

The two children who survived were transferred from the Wheaton All Saints hospital where they were originally taken along with the two children who died. An adult man and a sixth fire victim were also taken to the hospital for their injuries.

Fire Chief Steve Hansen says there were bars on the exterior windows of the room where the children were located. Home furnishings also blocked several interior doorways, making it extremely difficult to search and rescue the trapped victims.

Four firefighters were treated for exhaustion. They are still investigating the cause. 

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