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Family speaks out about fire that killed 2 West Allis teens, cause still unknown

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Mar 18, 2013 - UPDATED: Mar 18, 2013

WEST ALLIS - The fire that broke out just after 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, killed two teens and injured two other children.

According to West Allis Police, the fire happened at a home on S. 57th Street.

The Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations and Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms have joined the West Allis Police and Fire Departments in the investigation.

"To this point, the investigation appears to indicate that the fire originated on the second floor of the residence," said acting Chief Charles Padgett with West Allis. "Two children, ages 13 and 4, were able to escape and suffered injury from smoke inhalation. Indications to us are that they should recover from their injuries."

However, two males, both 14 years old, were found dead inside the home. According to the investigation, the first floor of the home had a working fire detector. But the second floor's fire detector was damaged by the fire, and it is unknown if it was working at the time of the fire.

Milwaukee Public Schools released a statement Monday that said:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students.

Today, we made students at the school aware of the availability of crisis team counselors and some students did make use of those services.

The thoughts of the MPS family are with the student’s family and friends.