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Oven suspected in North Side fire that killed 3 children

Three siblings under age 7 died in a late-night fire in a house in north Minneapolis’ Jordan neighborhood, authorities and family members confirmed Sunday.

Although it’s too soon for an official ruling on the cause of the blaze, several friends said Sunday that the oven was on to provide heat because the furnace wasn’t working. Fire Chief John Fruetel also said the oven door was open and the fire’s origin was at or near the stove.

The family — the mother and her three children — had moved into the two-story house in the 2700 block of Penn Avenue N. on Saturday. The mother was not injured. Two of her children were found in a first-floor bedroom and died at the scene; the third child was on the second floor, Fruetel said. That child was taken to a hospital and later died, authorities said.



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