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COPY-UPDATE: 3rd child dies after Racine fire

RACINE (WKOW) -- 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. 


RACINE (WKOW) -- Two children have died and two others are in poor condition after a morning house fire in Racine.

Emergency crews were called to the home around 1:00 a.m. Thursday. Officials say the person calling for help could hear children screaming in the house.

Fire officials removed four children from the home. Officials say all four children were in one bedroom. Firefighters had been told bars were over the windows. They say heavy smoke, flames and furniture blocking doorways made the rescue effort difficult.

Authorities say all of the victims were taken to Wheaton All Saints Hospital. Two girls, 8-year-old Dalija Scott and 9-year-old Dayja Scott, died. Officials say the other two children, 5-year-old Luther Patterson and 7-year-old Michael Scott, are in "extremely poor condition." They were transferred to Children's Hospital in Milwaukee.  

The Racine fire chief says the mother of the children and her boyfriend tried rescuing the kids, but they couldn't get through the fire and smoke. The boyfriend was also taken to the hospital.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, but they do say it started in a bathroom. They say there was no working electricity to the house prior to the fire. 


RACINE (WKOW) -- 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. 

The fire department will do a press interview at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday in Racine. More information will be provided at that time.

Stay with for more updates.


RACINE (WKOW) -- A house fire leaves two children dead and two others seriously injured in Racine

Fire Chief Steve Hansen says firefighters responded to the burning home shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters were able to get one child out right away. However, Hansen says bars on the windows of the room where the children were located hampered efforts to reach the others. It took another 12 minutes to reach two more children and five additional minutes to reach the fourth.

The children and an injured man were taken to Wheaton All Saints Hospital. Two children died there and the two others were sent to Children's Hospital in metro Milwaukee. An investigation is underway.

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