ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - An early morning house fire took the lives of three people in north St. Louis city.
The fire broke out around 4:40 am Sunday morning in the 4000 block of Elmbank, where a family had just moved into recently.
A neighbor called in the fire, after seeing the glow of the flames out her bedroom window.
The neighbor ran through the house to get her sister and call 911.
The two women then ran outside and tried honking the horn of a car that was sitting in front of the house to get the attention of the family inside the burning home.
The hope was that someone would wake up but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
Two adults and an infant died in the fire.
A fire department spokesperson said the bodies of 52-year-old Melvin Thomas and 30-year-old Marquita Jones and their 8-month-old daughter Madison Thomas were found in first floor room.
Firefighters say the house did have working smoke detectors on the second floor of the home.
St. Louis Fire Department Captain Greg Redmond said the cause of the fire is under investigation.