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Miami County house demolished after three children died after fire, rekindles

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Feb 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-28 20:36:50-05

MIAMI COUNTY — The house where three children died after a fire Saturday morning in Miami County rekindled early Sunday morning and is a total loss, according to fire officials.

Around 4 a.m., Amboy Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and emergency personnel were called to the house in the 13400 block of East County Road 1300 South, Chief Mark Horner said.

Crews were seen demolishing the home Sunday morning.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum said he spoke to investigators and they were able to gather the evidence they needed before the home was demolished. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Miracle Gingerich, 6, Steven Gingerich, 5, and Wilma Gingerich, 18 months, died after the fire on Saturday, Slocum said.

They were in an upstairs bedroom when their mother, who was downstairs, smelled smoke and called 911, Slocum said. She was unable to get to the children due to the fire.

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The causes of the fires are still under investigation.

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The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross is assisting the family, LaMar Holiday, communications director for the Red Cross, said in a statement.

"The family is receiving financial assistance to aid their immediate needs and additional funds due to the fatalities," Holiday said. "The Red Cross is also sending out our condolence care team to provide the family with any spiritual and mental support as they try to recover and heal from this.”

A GoFundMe account has been created for the family.