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Two fatalities in Sioux Falls apartment fire

Fatal fire graphic.
Fatal fire graphic.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - An adult woman and a child died in an apartment fire around eight this morning at the building on South Williams Avenue just northeast of 12th Street and Kiwanis Avenue.

     Sioux Falls Fire/Rescue Chief Jim Sideras says three other children in the apartment have been hospitalized but he doesn't know their conditions.

     Sideras says the woman may have had a hand in rescuing the three survivors.  He says he's heard different stories including that she was passing children out to people and went back for the last one and that's the last time she was seen.

     Sideras says there's a language barrier between the rescuers and victims.  Names, relations and the children's genders have not been released.

     He says investigators are on the scene but he says the apartment was gutted by fire.