3 children die in Texas day care fire

Associated Press / February 25, 2011

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HOUSTON — A kitchen fire filled a home daycare center with smoke yesterday, killing three children and injuring four others. Firefighters ran with babies and small children in their arms to nearby ambulances on the crowded street, a fire official said.

All seven children in Jackie’s Child Care were taken to hospitals, said Lieutenant Rick Flanagan, Houston Fire Department’s executive assistant chief. They ranged in age from 18 months to 3 years old, officials said.

The four injured “are apparently still clinging to life . . . I don’t think they’re out of the darkness yet,’’ Flanagan said. He said no other information was immediately available.

Firefighters who arrived at the one-story home found it engulfed in smoke, with two injured children outside and five trapped inside. The firefighters had to use thermal imaging cameras to locate some of the children, Flanagan said.

The daycare center was licensed last March to Jessica Tata, 22. She did not respond to a message left by a reporter. top stories on Twitter

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