Fire kills 2 young children, injures 4 others

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An early morning fire in a south Philadelphia row home claimed the lives of two young children and left four others injured, including a critically injured infant, authorities said.

WPVI-TV reports that neighbors called 911 to report the blaze in the Grays Ferry section shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday.

Arriving fire crews reported flames shooting from the home and said three people jumped from the top floor. Firefighters rescued two others, including a 10-year-old girl pronounced dead just after 2 a.m. Saturday at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, police said. Officials said a 3-year-old boy was found dead inside the home.

Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel called it “a tragic morning."

A 9-moth-old girl with severe burns and smoke inhalation injuries was listed in critical condition along with an adult male, police said. A 24-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were listed as stable.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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This story has been corrected to correct age of girl who died as 10 rather than 9, and to remove age of adult male in critical condition.

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