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SFES: Space heater likely cause of double fatal fire

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Savannah Fire and Emergency Services said that a space heater was likely to blame for an overnight house fire that killed two children.

Savannah fire crews were dispatched at 1:53 a.m. Thursday to a home on West 35th Street  between Florance and Burroughs streets. Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames they describe as, "rolling out of the front of the house." Firefighter quickly began to attack the blaze.

Fire officials issued a second alarm to ensure more firefighters and resources were available to keep the fire from spreading to nearby homes.

Officials later confirmed that eight people lived in the home, two adults and six children, and that two children did not make it out alive. The ages of those two children are unknown at this time. Officials say four dogs also perished in the fire.

The one-story, block house was destroyed. Savannah Fire investigators say evidence indicates a space heater located in a central living area of the home, caused the fire, which quickly spread.

Flames destroyed most of the interior of the house and a part of the roof collapsed due to the fire.

After the fire was out, firefighters went into the home to collect anything that was salvageable. The Red Cross is assisting the family.

Part of 35th Street was shut down for about three or four blocks around the scene for several hours but has since reopened. However, the fire scene remains roped off. 

Autopsies are scheduled to be performed on the victims Thursday at the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah.

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