Fire in House Kills 3 Children in Canada

A fire possibly caused by an electrical fault swept through a two-story house where an extended family of 21 people lived, killing three children, police said Thursday.


TORONTO (AP) -- A fire possibly caused by an electrical fault swept through a two-story house where an extended family of 21 people lived, killing three children, police said Thursday.

Quebec provincial police spokesman Ronald McInnis identified the dead as a 4-year-old girl and her two cousins, brothers ages 2 and 21 months.

McInnis said 12 adults and nine children lived in the house in a community south of Montreal near the border with the United States.

``It was panic,'' McInnis said. ``With 21 people in a house and intense flames, you can imagine the scene.''