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2 children, woman killed in West Covina apartment fire

A woman and two small children were killed early Sunday morning in a fire at an apartment building in West Covina.

The fire was reported at 12:54 a.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of East Amar Road, according to the West Covina Police Department. Police and fire units were sent to the scene and found an apartment unit engulfed in flames.

“Due to the severity of the fire, officers were unable to gain entry,” police said. “Officers conducted evacuations of surrounding apartments. Fire department personnel made an aggressive fire attack due to reports of persons trapped. Once the fire was extinguished by fire personnel it was determined that three people, believed to be an adult female and two small children were found deceased.”

County firefighters were called to the scene at 12:56 a.m. to assist the West Covina Fire Department, and further assistance was requested at 1:34 a.m. when the fire was upgraded into a second-alarm fire, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher told City News Service.

The cause of the fire was still being investigated.

Authorities have not identified the people who were killed.

According to KTLA5, the fire took the lives of a girl about 3 months old, her 3-year-old brother, and their grandmother.

The children’s mother could be heard screaming about the loss of her family, according to KTLA5, which reported that neighbors tried saving their lives before first responders arrived, but the flames were too intense.

“I saw through the window a big fireball come down through that apartment over there and the first thing I reacted, the kids, you know, they have kids and I guess we panicked and we just all went outside and were trying to put it out,” a neighbor named Victor said.

“The mother losing both her children is just horrific,” another neighbor, Eddie Mireles, told KTLA5.

A GoFundMe page established for family had raised more than $8,500 as of Monday afternoon. It may be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/6rhmf-in- loving- memory?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=unknown&utm_campaign=comms_lvd7+6rhmf-in- loving-memory.

Updated March 6, 2023, 11:09 p.m.

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