Five young siblings have died after a fire broke out in their Illinois apartment while they were home alone, according to a report.
Fire crews encountered the children, aged 2 to 9 years, when they were called to an apartment building in East St. Louis at about 3:45 a.m. on Friday.
Two of the children were found dead in a bedroom, East St. Louis Assistant Fire Chief George McClellan told Fox2.
The three other children were found on the kitchen floor.
One of the children found in the kitchen was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
The fire broke out when the children’s mother was out picking up another adult from work, McClellan said.
When she returned home, the mother tried to rescue her children but was unable to get into the building.
The mother and other adult were found outside the home by fire crews.
Officials have not released the identities of the children or mother.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.