published Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

3 children die in Louisiana mobile home fire

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    A burned trailer where three children were killed in a fire this morning sits charred in Whispering Oaks Trailer Park in Houma, La. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.
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HOUMA, La. — Louisiana officials say a mobile home fire has killed three children and injured seven others.

District Chief Lance LaMarca of the state Fire Marshal's office says a 13-year-old girl, a 12-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy died at the Whispering Oaks Trailer Park in Houma.

Their parents and five other children were taken to a Baton Rouge burn unit.

Houma Fire Inspector Mike Millet says the trailer was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

He says the children's father rescued one child, but was unable to get the other three because the fire spread so quickly.

LaMarca says possible causes include space heaters, candles, or electrical devices.

He says 12 people were in the trailer because the parents and children were visiting from Alabama for Christmas.

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