Two children die in Berkeley house fire

BERKELEY, MO (KTVI) – A family is in mourning in Berkeley, Missouri, after two young children were killed in a house fire early Monday morning.

This house fire happened on Airport Road just east of Interstate 170.

There were a total of five people in the home when the fire started. Investigators say the two children who died were 4-year-old  Stephen Towns, Jr. and 3-year-old Isiah Towns.

A four month old girl, Deja Towns, along with the mom and dad, identified as Steve and Cheronna Towns, made it out.

Firefighters got the call around 5:30am. When they got to the home, flames were already shooting from the house.

We’re told the parents had gotten out of the house with the infant girl by climbing out a bedroom window. But they couldn’t get to the other kids.

Firefighters tried to rescue the little boys, but it was too late.

Berkeley Fire Chief Henry Williams says crews forced their way into the home and found the two little boys already dead right by the front door.

Chief Williams believes the kids were trying to get out, but couldn’t, at least in part, because we’re told the door was locked with a deadbolt.

A family member tells us all three survivors went to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. That relative says the dad is the most seriously injured with burns over about 30% of his body. He is listed in critical condition and is in the burn unit.

The mother also has burns and a broken shoulder. She is in serious condition.

We’re told the infant is in the best shape of all three survivors. She was admitted but is expected to be ok. The family says the baby is five months old.

The bomb and arson unit has been called in to help determine a cause for the fire.

We’re told gas had been cut off to the home and there was nothing suspicious about the fire on the surface.

A fundraising campaign has been set up to help the family on, an online donation website.