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House fire kills infant twins in Pratt

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at 7:09 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.

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Infant twins died Monday afternoon after a fire gutted their home in Pratt, police confirmed Monday night.

Police, fire and EMS crews were called to the residence in the 600 block of South High Street in Pratt shortly after 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The twins’ mother was found outside the home, covered in smoke and soot, according to the Pratt Tribune. She was rushed to Pratt Regional Medical Center and transferred to the Via Christi-St. Francis burn unit in Wichita for fire-related injuries. According to the newspaper, the mother was conscious and alert.

“Emergency crews worked diligently to rescue the children, who were pronounced dead at the scene,” according to a press release issued by the Pratt Police Department.

The father of the twins was not at home at the time of the fire, police said in the statement.

Pratt law enforcement authorities were not releasing any names of the victims or further information Monday evening.

“The Pratt Police Department extends its condolences to the family who lost their children and continue to investigate the fire’s cause and origin with the assistance of the” Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office, the press release said.

Other agencies responding to the fire included the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office and Township 12 Fire/Rescue.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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