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Children Identified In Fatal Racine House Fire

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RACINE, Wis. (WHBL) - Two young girls who died in a house fire in Racine were identified by relatives today as nine-year-old Dayja Scott and her eight-year-old sister Dalija. Two other boys in the Scott family, ages 5-and-7, were at a hospital in Milwaukee this afternoon. Racine Fire Chief Steve Hansen said one of the boys was unconscious, while the other was moving around. Officials said both were in extremely poor condition. The children’s mother reported the fire from a neighbor’s house around 12:45 this morning. Hansen said it was extremely difficult to reach the youngsters because there were safety bars on their windows – and home furnishings that blocked passageways as fire-fighters dealt with heavy smoke. It took around 15 minutes to complete the process of evacuating the youngsters from the burning structure. And immediately afterward, the chief said four fire-fighters succumbed to exhaustion. All four of the kids were unconscious. An adult victim was taken to a Racine hospital. Authorities were not sure whether the house had working smoke detectors. 

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