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Two Children Dead In Indiana Fire; Boy Jumps To Safety

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INDIANA (AP) – Authorities say two children died during an apartment building fire in Indiana, while another survived after leaping from the fourth floor into a blanket held by neighbors.

Gary Fire Department Chief of Operations Mark Jones tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times the fire started Sunday on the building’s fourth floor. The Lake County coroner’s office says the children who died were 2-year-old Kailani Gober and 4-year-old Khristopher Gober.

 

Jones says the sister and brother suffered smoke inhalation and burns.

 

Jones says an 8-year-old boy jumped from the fourth floor and neighbors caught him with a blanket. He wasn’t injured. One neighbor says: “We were crying and thanking God.”

 

Officials say the fire left the more than 50-unit building uninhabitable, displacing more than 100 people. The cause is under investigation.



Daniella Hankey

Good Morning West Virginia! Daniella Hankey is the Morning and Noon newscast Anchor. Daniella joined Newswatch as a Multi-Media journalist and quickly moved her way up to an Anchor. Before landing in the beautiful Mountain State, Daniella called her home Orlando, Florida. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to further her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. When Daniella is not working, you can find her exploring West Virginia especially the Greenbrier and engaging with community members. As a morning anchor, Daniella loves putting a smile on viewers faces in the morning and informing them of community events. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at dhankey@woay.com. You can also follow Daniella on Facebook at DaniellaHankeyTV.


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