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Early morning fire claims the lives of three children

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(Source: Winona Police.) (Source: Winona Police.)

Released by the Smith County Sheriff's Office:

WINONA, Texas -- At 2:57 a.m. on April 7, the Winona Police Department, Smith County Sheriff's Office personnel and units from the Winona, Red Springs, Jackson Heights, Lindale, Whitehouse and Chapel Hill Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a house fire call at 211 Kay.

Reports indicate that there were two adults and eight children in the home at the time of the blaze. Three children under the age of 11 died in the fire.

An adult female was taken to a Tyler hospital for treatment. An adult male and an eight-year-old male were taken to a Shreveport burn unit by medical helicopter. Four children are with relatives.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Smith County Fire Marshals Office. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Mitch Shamburger pronounced the children dead at the scene.