By Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC News
Three young children, including a 7-month-old boy, died in a house fire that injured their father and two other children late Wednesday in northwestern Indiana.
Fire crews fought back the 10:15 p.m. blaze in Hammond, about 25 miles south of Chicago, but the three victims had already perished inside, Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Margraf told NBC Chicago.
The victims were Jayden Young, 7 months, Alexia Young, 3, and Dasani Young, 4, the Lake County coroner’s office confirmed to NBC News.
The 28-year-old father was in critical condition in the hospital after suffering from burns, officials said. The two other children, ages 5 and 7, were also given medical attention for smoke inhalation.
Fire officials said the three survivors were huddled outside by the time the first crew arrived, the fire already consuming the front of the house. The three other children were found just six feet from the front door, reported The Times of Northwest Indiana.
The children’s mother wasn’t home at the time.
Fire officials are investigating whether space heaters found in the home may have sparked the blaze.
3 children, ages 6 mos, 3 & 4, died in a fire in this Hammond home. 28 yo dad burned rescuing two kids, ages 3 & 6. http://t.co/ikN0kLgYwR— Lauren Petty (@LaurenPettyNBC) January 9, 2014