A New Orleans family died in a fire early this morning. Three children ages 7, 11 and 12 died in the fire, which also killed two women. A man was able to escape the fire. The two women who died in the blaze were his girlfriend and mother.

New Orleans House Fire Kills Five

Details on the New Orleans House Fire

The fire started around midnight overnight

According to Reuters, firefighters said they found an elderly woman in a bedroom downstairs. They found a second woman with the three children in a bedroom on the second floor of the home. Firefighters believe the elderly woman was the children’s grandmother and that the other woman was their mother.

When firefighters arrived at the scene of the fire, the left back side of the building was fully involved. The man who was able to get out of the home safely said the fire started in the downstairs part of the home.

The children attended the school that is located across the street from their home. School administrators canceled classes for today.

New Orleans house fire: Officials stress the need for smoke detectors

The man who was able to get out of the home told fire investigators that he woke to the smell of smoke but that he couldn’t get to any of his family members to get them out of the home. The man also told fire investigators that none of the smoke detectors in the home worked, and fire officials stressed how important it is to have working smoke detectors. Officials say he is the father of the three children who died in the fire.