***updated story: 7.50pm***
ROXANA, Ill. — Authorities say two young children are dead after an overnight fire in the Metro-East.
Roxana Fire Chief Daryl Trask says the fire began at the two-story house late Saturday. The house has three apartments in it.
He says a couple living upstairs escaped with a six-week-old baby, but a 6-year-old and a 5-year-old were trapped inside.
Trask says the couple told firefighters about the trapped children, but the intense heat and smoke made it impossible for fire fighters to enter the home.
The victims were pronounced dead Sunday at Alton Memorial Hospital. They’re identified as 5-year-old Sky Gresham and her 6-year-old brother, Jaaon Grisham.
Trask says the fire isn’t considered suspicious and appears to have started in the apartment’s kitchen.
***our earlier version***
ROXANA, Ill. (KMOX) – The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a fire that killed two young children in Roxana, Illinois.
Fire Chief Daryl Trask told the Alton Telegraph newspaper the victims had to be pulled from a burning apartment in the 100 block of East Third, shortly before midnight.
Trask says two adults and an infant got out safely.
A dispatcher at the Roxana public safety building tells KMOX News more details on the blaze could be released later today.
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