Four people, including three children, died in a house in southwest Texas as a result of a fire that may have occurred while using a fireplace due to abnormally cold weather, the Houston Chronicle reported.
According to the newspaper, the Sugarland Fire Department arrived at the scene of the fire at 2 p.m. local time (11 a.m. Moscow time). The bodies of three small children and their grandmother were found in the house where the fire broke out. The mother of the deceased children was near the house when they arrived, according to Doug Edolph, spokesman for the firefighters. A woman was also injured in the fire, but it is reported that there is no danger to her life.
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According to a spokesman for the fire department, there were power outages in the area at the time of the fire. The family was trying to keep warm, which is what they were burning the fireplace for.
“Apparently, they were just trying to get warm. We can’t say that caused the fire, we just think we know they were using the fireplace,” the newspaper quoted a fire department spokesman as saying.
An investigation has been opened into the case.