Jan. 09--A house fire in Hammond, Ind. left three young children dead and three people hospitalized Wednesday night, a local fire official said.
The surviving victims were two children and their father, according to Hammond Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Margraf. Due to the father's injuries, officials have not been able to confirm whether the three children killed in the fire, all believed to be younger than 5, were also part of the family.
Firefighters were called to a home in the 600 block of Sibley Street about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday night, Margraf said. The home was consumed in flames by the time they arrived, he said.
Despite sustaining third-degree burns, the man managed to leave the home with two children, ages 3 and 6, Margraf said.
Three children, believed to range in age from 6 months to 4 years old, did not make it out.
The survivors were brought to a local hospital and were all expected to be transferred to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
This is a developing story.
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