Three children were killed and their father seriously burned when a mobile home caught fire in Louisiana in the early hours of Christmas.
A 13-year-old girl and two boys, ages 11 and 12, died in the blaze at a trailer park that quickly engulfed the home in Houma, about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans, the Houma Courier reported
There were eight people in the home at the time of the blaze, some of whom were relatives visiting from Alabama, according to Reuters. The cause of the fire may have been a space heater or candles, fire officials told the paper.
The father was able to rescue one child but could not reach the other three in time.
"The fire was so quick, he just couldn't get to them," Houma Fire Inspector Mike Millet told the paper.
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The father, who was seriously burned on his arms during the attempt, was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to the burn unit in Baton Rouge, Millet said.
The dead children's mother and five other children were also being treated at the Baton Rouge General Hospital burn unit.
The names of the victims have not been released.
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