GARY, Ind. (AP) - The Lake County Coroner says five people killed in an early morning house fire in Gary all died of burns and smoke inhalation.
The coroner also released the identities of the victims. Thirty-seven-year-old Laura Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Her son, 18-month-old Malik Smith, was pronounced dead at a hospital. Thirty-five-year-old Kenneth Andrews, his nine-year-old son Darriontae Andrews and his 12-year-old son Andre Andrews were also pronounced dead at a hospital. The Gary Fire Department said two other people were also reported in serious condition.
Investigators remain on the scene, attempting to determine the cause of the fire. Firefighters say they were hampered in their rescue efforts by bars on the home's windows.