Two Chamois children remembered following fatal house fire

The small town of Chamois is mourning the loss of two young children who died in a house fire (Elizabeth Hoffman KRCG 13).

A young boy and girl died when their home burned down Sunday night. Just after 10 p.m., firefighters were called to the Chamois home on 4th and Locust Streets.

"Got here, pretty much engulfed, heavy fire on the back side," Sean Hackman of the Chamois Fire Protection District said.

Morrison, Linn, and Hermann Fire Departments all assisted in fighting the fire, but two of the four children inside did not survive.

Neighbors and family looked in disbelief. The grandmother of the children said it feels like a nightmare. "They were good kids. Very good kids," Leona said.

She said her granddaughter and her shared the same birthday.

"She was very outgoing, she loved school, she had lots of plans, she was going to go to Washington D.C. this summer,," she said. "Her mom and dad had just got her a phone."

Everyone also loved her grandson, who enjoyed many of the things most boys like.

"Army men and DS. Everyone loved him," she explained.

Leona said the family has many hard days ahead of them.

The father of the family was treated for smoke inhalation. He was later released from the hospital.

The mother and two youngest children were not injured.

Osage County Sheriff Michael Bonham said a private critical incident debriefing is scheduled for Monday night.

The purpose of the debriefing is to help first responders cope with the tragedy.

Heritage Bank of Chamois is taking donations for the family. They can be reached at 573-763-5958.

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