Two adults and one child killed in East St. Louis fire

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EAST. ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) - A house fire in East St. Louis claims three lives including a young child. Fire fighters say when they arrived on the scene the flames were shooting through the roof. Thick black smoke could be seen for miles.

The fire broke out in the 2000 block of 43rd street at around 1pm Sunday. Firefighters say the fire ripped through the victims home killing one adult male, one adult female and one child. According to authorities the bodies of the adults were found in a back bedroom and the body of the child was found nearby. Fire fighters say that when they arrived on the scene it was already too late.

"Your first responsibility is to protect life. You know when we get here on the scene, no matter what the conditions are, we are trying to protect their life. It's an unfortunate situation. My heart and prayers go out to the victim's families. It's a tough situation, but we did everything we could. Sometimes, you know, it's not good enough." said Assistant Chief Todd Hill of the East St. Louis Fire Department.

Two other adults living in the home were not hurt. It`s not clear at this time if the home had working smoke alarms. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.