Major Case Squad investigates fatal St. Peters house fire

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ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) - A mother and two children are dead after a house fire in St. Peters. The fire was at a home in the 1800 block of Elmtree street.

Police consider the fire suspicious. The cause of death for the mom and children could not be determined. The Major Case Squad has been called in to investigate.

When firefighters got to the scene they found neighbors knocking on doors and windows. The neighbors, who had discovered the fire, alerted firefighters that there were likely people inside the home.

The firefighters entered the smoke-filled home and found the two children, then the adult. They had to use thermal imageing to find the victims because of the smoke.

The children were taken to St. Peters hospital where they were pronounced dead. The adult victim was found dead at the scene.

It is not clear what started the fire. Because of the fatalities, the St. Peters Police Department is handling the fire investigation.

The identities of the deceased will be released after their families are notified.

Central County Fire & Rescue  says that their thoughts and prayers are with the victims family and friends at this time.