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UPDATE: Funeral Services for Three Kids Killed in Racine Fire

UPDATED Friday, November 16, 2012 --- 9:50 p.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Funerals are being held for three children who died in a Racine house fire.

Nine-year-old Dayja, 8-year-old Dalija and 7-year-old Michael Scott are being eulogized Friday morning at Mount Eagle Baptist Church in Racine. Deborah Scott's fourth child, 5-year-old Luther, remains hospitalized with injuries from last week's fire.

WITI-TV (http://tinyurl.com/bbkeaay ) reports the new Golden Gate Funeral Home donated the cost of the funerals. The children's uncle, William Scott, says the support is helping the family through a difficult time.

Investigators say the fire was sparked by a candle in the bathroom of the home.

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UPDATED Monday, November 12, 2012 --- 3:10 p.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say a candle in a bathroom apparently caused a Racine house fire last week that killed three children and injured a fourth.

Racine police released that update Monday.

Eight-year-old Dalijah Scott and 9-year-old Dayja Scott died Thursday when their house caught fire. Their brother, 7-year-old Michael Scott, died later in the hospital.

The children's 5-year-old brother, Luther Patterson, was hospitalized.

Authorities on Monday also released audio from the 911 call from the children's mother.

In the 911 call, Deborah Scott tells the dispatcher, "Someone come get my kids. My house is on fire . They are crying like crazy. I cannot get my kids out."

The Journal Times (http://bit.ly/Q8Vgqf ) reports Scott said she could see flames but that the window where the children were located doesn't open.

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Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Sunday, November 11, 2012 --- 7:09 p.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Funeral services have been scheduled for three children who died in a house fire in Racine.

Eight-year-old Dalijah Scott and 9-year-old Dayja Scott died Thursday when their house caught fire. Their brother, 7-year-old Michael Scott, died later in the hospital.

Visitation will be held Thursday at Reid's New Golden Gate Funeral Home in Racine. The funeral home says visitation is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the Greater Mount Eagle Baptist Church. There will be a visitation before the funeral, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The children's 5-year-old brother, Luther Patterson, is still in the hospital.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Friday, November 9, 2012 --- 3:20 p.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- A third child has died from a Racine house fire.

Michael Scott Jr. told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/Rpv5IR) that his 7-year-old nephew Michael Scott was pronounced dead Friday.

The boy's sisters, 9-year-old Dayja and 8-year-old Dalijah, died Thursday.

Fire officials say firefighters pulled four unconscious children from a first-floor bedroom about 1 a.m. Thursday.

The uncle says the fourth sibling, 5-year-old Luther Patterson, remains at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and is progressing.

The fire is believed to have started in a bathroom but the cause is still being investigated.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Thursday, November 8, 2012 --- 5:30 p.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Racine officials say a fire that killed two girls and injured their two brothers apparently started in a bathroom.

Fire Chief Steven Hansen says investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. Firefighters pulled four unconscious children from a first-floor bedroom about 1 a.m. Thursday.

They found an adult male victim in the driveway of the home as they arrived. All were taken to Wheaton All Saints Hospital where the girls, 8-year-old Dalija Scott and 9-year-old Dayja Scott, were pronounced dead. Two brothers, 5-year-old Luther Patterson and 7-year-old Michael Scott, were transferred to Children's Hospital in Milwaukee. Their conditions were not immediately available.

Hansen says the mother of the children tried rescuing them, but was driven back by smoke and fire and ran to a neighbor for help.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Thursday, November 8, 2012 --- 12:27 p.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Racine officials say a fire that killed two girls and injured their two brothers apparently started in a bathroom.

Fire Chief Steven Hansen says investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire. Firefighters pulled four unconscious children from a first-floor bedroom about 1 a.m. Thursday.

They found an adult male victim in the driveway of the home as they arrived. All were taken to Wheaton All Saints Hospital where the girls, ages 8 and 9, were pronounced dead. Two brothers, ages 5 and 7, were transferred to Children's Hospital in metro Milwaukee.

Hansen says the mother of the children tried rescuing them, but was driven back by heavy smoke and fire and ran to a neighbor for help. The chief says there was no electricity in the home prior to the fire.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Thursday, November 8, 2012 --- 7:00 a.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Two children have died in a house fire in Racine and two others have been seriously injured.

Fire Chief Steve Hansen says firefighters responded to the burning home shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters were able to get one child out right away, but Hansen says bars on the windows of the room where the children were located hampered efforts to reach the others. It took another 12 minutes to reach two more children and five additional minutes to reach the fourth.

The children and an injured man were taken to Wheaton All Saints Hospital. Two children died there and the two others were sent to Children's Hospital in metro Milwaukee.

WTMJ radio (http://tinyurl.com/b8l4jew ) reports fire officials say the window bars, heavy smoke and furniture blocking doorways made the search and rescue effort difficult.

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Information from: WTMJ-AM, http://www.620wtmj.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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