The Latest: Police identify children in Wisconsin house fire

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Posted: Jan 27, 2016 5:22 PM
The Latest: Police identify children in Wisconsin house fire

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin house fire that killed children, including 11-year-old girl who went back into house to save others (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Police have released the names of two children who died in a house fire in eastern Wisconsin.

Sheboygan Falls Public Safety Director Steven Riffel identifies the children who died as 7-year-old Carter Maki (MACK'-kee) and 11-year-old Natalie Martin. Authorities say the 11-year-old girl had gone back into the home to rescue other children.

Riffel says another boy, 10-year-old Benjamin Martin, is in very critical condition at a Milwaukee hospital. He says a 9-year-old girl, Jenna Martin, escaped from the fire unhurt after Natalie woke her up and told her to run and get help.

Riffel says the four children are all part of the same family.

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2:50 p.m.

Police say two children have died in a house fire in eastern Wisconsin.

Authorities previously had said three children had died. But the Sheboygan Falls Police Department now says it can confirm that only two of the children have died.

Among the dead is an 11-year-old who re-entered the house to rescue two other children. A fourth children, a 9-year-old girl, escaped from the burning home Tuesday night after the 11-year-old woke her up by yelling "fire, fire" and told her to run and get help.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.