UPDATE: Mother and 2 kids die, 2 remain in critical condition after house fire


UPDATE: The mother in the Fort Smith house fire died early Friday morning, November 22.

Whitney Kaub, 30, died from injuries sustained in the fire.

Kaub’s children, ages eight and 10, remain at a hospital in Little Rock with life-threatening injuries.

Previous Coverage

According to Fort Smith Police, another child has died from an early morning fire on Tuesday.

Aric Mitchell with Fort Smith police said a five-year-old old boy died from his injuries Thursday morning, November 21.

Two girls, ages 8 and 10, and the mother remains hospitalized. A current update on their condition has not been provided.

Initial investigation points toward a wall-mounted gas heater as the cause of the fire, according to Ted Abbey Fort Smith Fire Marshal.

Abbey said during the investigation, no smoke detectors have been found inside the home.

The investigation will continue to determine a cause.

Original Story Below

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA) — One child has died and four others are injured after an early morning fire in Fort Smith.

According to Fort Smith Public Information Officer Aric Mitchell, Fort Smith police responded to assist the Fort Smith Fire Department in a structure fire call at the 800 block of N. 35th St around 3:15 a.m.

Shortly after arrival, four juveniles (three females, one male, ages 3-10) and one adult female were located inside of a home.

A three-year-old female has died from the results of her injuries. The remaining three children were life-flighted to a hospital outside the area to receive continued treatment for life-threatening injuries.

The 30-year-old mother is in ICU at a local hospital in critical condition. Family members have been notified.

A cause has yet to be determined pending returns from the Arkansas State Crime Lab.

Stay with KNWA for additional updates.

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