Girl and boy die in early morning Milwaukee house fire; mother and young infant escape

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MILWAUKEE — A brother and sister have died in an early morning fire, but their mother and an infant escaped.

Firefighters were called to the fire just after 2 a.m. Friday. They arrived to find heavy flames coming from the windows of the side-by-side duplex and immediately searched the home.

Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing says officials found an 11-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy unresponsive in a second-floor bedroom; one of the children was in a closet. Firefighters pulled them out, but they later died.

Rohlfing says it's unclear whether the home had working smoke detectors.

Autopsies were planned for Saturday. The fire's cause is being investigated.

Beverly McGee, whose cousin lives in the neighborhood, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that neighbors urged the kids to jump but they were scared.

This story has been corrected to show McGee's cousin lives in the neighborhood, not that McGee is a neighbor.

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