Officials: 2 children killed in Christmas fire

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Associated Press

Posted on December 26, 2009 at 11:33 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Fire officials say two children died and their grandparents were injured in an early Christmas morning fire that destroyed a house on the outskirts of Louisville.

Maj. Henry Ott of the Louisville Metro Arson Squad says the children were ages 10 and 12. The victims' identities were not immediately released.

Chief Chris Aponte of the Harrods Creek Fire Department says three firefighters were also injured battling the blaze, which was reported by an alarm system at 4:37 a.m. EST.

Aponte told The Courier-Journal the children’s parents and grandparents had escaped the fire and were attempting to rescue the children when firefighters arrived.

Aponte said the grandfather was reported in intensive care and the grandmother was being evaluated for lacerations and smoke inhalation.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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