February 18th, 2013
07:20 PM ET

3 Michigan children reportedly left home alone die in fire

Three Michigan children reportedly left alone in their family's apartment died in a fire Monday afternoon, a public safety official said.

The fire broke out around 2 p.m. in Kalamazoo, said Brian Uridge, assistant chief of public safety. Two of the children were 3 years old, and the third was 1, Uridge said.

"You could see smoke from blocks away," Uridge said. The main floor of the apartment building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and "they found three kids who had already perished as a result of the fire," he said. The cause of the fire is unknown, he said.

The children's parents were at the scene, Uridge said.

"Initially, we have information that the kids were left alone in the apartment, but we can't talk about charges because it's too early in the investigation," Uridge said.

The victims' identities have not been released.

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  1. banasy©

    Two 3 year olds and a 1 year old.
    Some people should never become parents. Charge 'em.

    February 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      We all kinda figured they weren't talking about your house Banasy. 😀

      February 18, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      'Course not, Jeff. I would never leave babies alone. Ever.

      February 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • PK

      The reason I support abortion!

      March 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    Who in their right mind leaves Babies alone, anywhere!? I'm w/banasy, charge 'em!!

    February 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard

    Wait until after the investigation and then charge them if they are at fault. This situation is so pitiful. I hope this is not the case. May those innocents be in heaven.

    February 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Execute them...NOW!

    February 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the prophet

    It's nothing new Most Americans middle class do all the time, thanks to the Government impoverishment of the population

    February 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      I doubt "most" middle class americans do this all the time, but I don't have statistics to back it up. Please publish your statistics that prove your accusation.

      March 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Omg! This is horendous. And youre right banasy, sometimes i wouldnt even want to leave my teenagers home alone but this is absolutely disgusting!

    February 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. eliz

    how is it the government's fault for someone to have more kids than they can afford ?? when someone makes a choice to have a child, first PLEASE make sure you can afford to take care of them ... don't expect the government (and tax payers) to do it for you ... and PLEASE be ready to make your children your first PRIORITY in life from that day forward and be RESPONSIBLE loving parents ... obviously they need to do investigation first and anyone can make a mistake but you don't leave 3 children alone at home ESPECIALLY at that age !!! praying for their innocent souls may they rest in peace ... and praying for the parents who have just lost 3 angels ... may God have mercy on you and your family so sorry for your loss ... breaks my heart just hearing about it ... but just can't agree with comment that this is in any way the government's fault ...

    February 19, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    I have seen this in person...bad memories.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |