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3 dead, including 2 children, after Flint fire

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Authorities said three people, including two teenage children, have died following an early morning fire in Flint.

It happened about 2:30 a.m. Monday at a home on the 1300 block of Greenway Avenue.

Officials said when firefighters arrived, the home was engulfed in flames. A middle-aged woman who lives inside the home jumped out of a two-story window to escape the blaze, the fire chief said. 

She then ran next door to a neighbor's home and woke them up. Neighbors said the woman knocked on their door screaming for help and saying there were children inside the home. 

She was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK. 

"If it wouldn't have been nobody in there, it was one of the ones where we would have tried to surround and protect the exposures and let the house burn," Flint Fire Chief Raymond Barton said.

The firefighters had to go into the home because the woman who escaped told them her family was still inside.

"There was literally fire coming out of every window at the house," Barton said.

Firefighters later found three more bodies inside. Flint Fire Department District Commander Mark Kovach said a man and his two teenage-aged children, a boy and a girl, died.

All three were found upstairs in the same room.

Investigators said the woman said her husband woke her up and told her to escape while he went to get the kids.

"So he made it to the room, but was unable to get them out before he was overcome by the smoke or the heat," Barton said.

The victim's names have not been released.

Box fans were found inside the house, but police have not yet determined a cause.

"This time of year you got people using fans, air conditioning and things like that that actually brings the air into your home. These things will also help accelerate a fire," Barton said.

Police said the home is a total loss. 

Neighbors wake up to screams

Robert and Jake Woodruff woke up to screams of terror in the middle of the night.

"About 2:30 this morning Jake heard a bunch of screaming and banging on the door. He screamed out at me, said that the house was on fire next door. So I quickly got up and got to the door," Robert Woodruff said.

That person knocking at their door was their neighbor, who they described as a middle-aged woman.

"We don't know her that well, but she had said her house was on fire and to call 911 and by that time I had already been on the phone with 911 and called them," Jake Woodruff said.

Police said that's after the woman jumped out of one of the windows on her home.

"She kept saying her babies are in there, her husband is in there. She was just in shock," Jake Woodruff said.

The Woodruffs said they didn't know their neighbors very well, but based on their conversation with the sole survivor they think she is going to need a lot of support from the community.

"We just hope everyone keeps her in prayers and hopefully someone will reach out to her because I think she's going to need a lot of friends and help," Robert Woodruff said.

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