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UPDATE: Watch Bodycam Video Of House Fire That Left 3 Children Dead

Officials have ID’d the children and the family members who were injured–some critically. An investigation into what caused the fire is underway.


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Video from bodycam show Shenandoah officers arriving on scene at Friday’s morning fire in Conroe that led three children dead and many injured. Video: Shenandoah Police Department.



Ed Mayberry
The remnants of a home whose second story collapsed during a fire early Friday morning, killing three children and critically injuring three others.

UPDATE 2:14 p.m.: Officials have identified the three siblings who died in an early morning house fire in Conroe early Friday morning:

–Terrance (TJ) Mitchell, 13

–Kaila Mitchell, 6

–Kyle Mitchell, 5

Also seriously injured in the fire that consumed the two-story brick home were:

–Adrian Mitchell, 10 and a brother of the three kids who died

–Bobby Johnson, 61, the children’s grandfather and homeowner

–Jarvis Johnson, 34, the children’s uncle

Bobby and Jarvis Johnson were seriously hurt trying to rescue the kids from the flames.

The children’s grandmother, Carrie Johnson, 57, also suffered minor injuries.

The children's mother was also home, but was not hurt. Officials say the father is working out of state and has been told about the tragedy.

Fire officials also provided additional details about the moments after the fire started: Bobby Johnson broke a window on the second floor, where most of the family was sleeping. But they were unable to get past the flames to reach the children trapped in a bedroom on the other side of the second story.

The home was not equipped with smoke detectors, survivors have told fire officials.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

UPDATE 11:35 a.m.: Fire officials are investigating what started a fire in which three children died and critically injured three other family members early Friday morning in Conroe.

Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams says they received a 9-1-1 call at about 4:20 a.m. Firefighters arrived minutes later to find the fire consuming the two-story home.

Family members had already pulled out one 10-year-old child from the flames and suffered serious burns to their faces and upper torsos in the process, Williams said.

The family also reported three children–ranging in age from 6 to 13–were trapped on the second floor. Police officers who first arrived to the home were prevented by the heat and flames from climbing a stairwell to reach the kids, the fire marshal said.

The second floor later collapsed before firefighters could rescue the kids, Williams said.

The fire was declared under control at about 5:30 a.m. and firefighters later found the bodies of the three kids. The identities are being withheld from the public until all of the family members can be notified about the tragedy, the fire marshal said.

Williams said there were eight people in the home when the fire started: the grandparents of the four kids, plus the daughter and son of the grandparents. The father was working and was not at home.

The three people critically injured are being treated at Houston hospitals. One other person who suffered minor injuries is being treated at a Conroe-area hospital.

A neighbor says the grandfather of the kids is a pastor at a church in nearby Willis, TX.

PREVIOUSLY: CONROE, Texas (AP) — Three children were killed early Friday when a burning house collapsed north of Houston and three members of the same family are critically injured, according to a sheriff’s department official.

Montgomery County sheriff’s Lt. Scott Spencer said the children ranged in age from 6 to 13 years and that their bodies were found amid the debris of the home.

“We’ve moved from a rescue operation to a search and recovery,” he said.

The three critically injured people included a 10-year-old boy who suffered severe burns.

The flames and heat drove away emergency responders who attempted to enter the home near Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston, Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams told KHOU-TV.

Spencer said two Shenandoah police officers who were among the first to respond also were hurt, suffering smoke inhalation and other injuries. An officer with another department was hurt as well.

Three other members of the family were taken to hospitals with injuries that are not life threatening.

The flames spread to two adjacent homes that sustained minor damage, Spencer said.

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