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Fire kills 3 children; father badly burned saving 2 others

HAMMOND, Ind. – A northwestern Indiana fire official says space heaters being used to warm a house without a working furnace apparently sparked a fire that killed three children, including an infant.

Chief Fire Inspector Michael Opinker said the victims' 28-year-old father was badly burned rescuing two of his other children from the fire in Hammond. He was in critical condition at a Chicago hospital's burn unit.

Wednesday night's fire killed 7-month-old Jayden Young, his 4-year-old brother, Dasani Young and their 3-year-old sister, Alexia Young. All three died at the scene from burns.

Opinker told The Times of Munster ( space heaters are believed to have played a role in the fatal blaze. He said the family's home had no heat and they were using propane space heaters to heat the house.