Authorities: 4 children dead, mom hurt in Indiana house fire

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A firefighter stands on the porch of a house where four children died in a house fire in the 100 block of East Columbia Street in Flora, Ind., on Monday morning, November 21, 2016.

Four children are dead after an early morning fire in a small town in Indiana.

The fire happened in the 100 block of East Columbia Street in Flora. He was overcome by smoke and heat during an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the girls from the house's second-story.

Yoder suffered damage to his lungs as a result of smoke inhalation. The mother was also airlifted to hospital for treatment.

"Hold your children extra tight tonight because, you know, blink of an eye - it can be gone", Flora said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Burlington Fire Department.

He called the children "resilient", saying they could transition from deep emotions to genuine laughter in short periods of time. Their mother was found downstairs and was hospitalized due to smoke inhalation. He had burns to his hands and forehead. "The overwhelming extension of offers of prayers, support, thoughts, etc. has been absolutely wonderful", Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said in a Facebook post. He is in stable condition, Redmon added.

Authorities say four children have died in a house fire north of Indianapolis.

Amber Flora, a friend of the mother injured in the fire, said this news brought her to her knees a couple of times on Monday.

Which makes the two first responders who were injured trying to save the children heroes in Flora's book. State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson inspected the scene himself and consulted with investigators.

The fire was apparently concentrated to the first floor of the home, according to the CBS Indy report.

There's no word on how badly the woman or officers are injured or on what caused the fire.

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