Two girls dead, two boys in 'extremely poor' condition after Racine fire

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  • RACINE - Two girls have died and two boys are in what Racine's fire chief call "extremely poor" condition after being trapped in a house fire overnight.

  • The girls: Dayja Scott, 9, and Dalija Scott, 8, died in the fire. Four firefighters were also receiving treatment for exhaustion.

  • The fire happened at about 12:45 a.m. Thursday morning in a home on the 1900 block of Linden Avenue.

  • Photo of the four Scott children

  • According to Fire Chief Steve Hansen, dispatchers heard children screaming when the mother made the initial phone call.

  • "(She) had left the residence after trying to rescue her trapped children," said Hansen in a Thursday morning news conference.

  • Hansen said in a statement that firefighters were able to get one child out immediately, but it took about another 12 minutes to get two other children out, and another five minutes to get the fourth child out.

  • Firefighters were on the scene just before 1 a.m.

  • Racine Fire Capt. Brett Haller said officials believe the fire started in a bathroom off a hallway, between the children's bedroom and an unoccupied bedroom.