Two killed, 1 injured in early morning fire in Independence County

MAGNESS, AR (KAIT) - Two people were killed in an early morning house fire in Independence County.

According to the Independence County Sheriff's Department a 7-year-old and 20-year-old were killed in an early Tuesday morning fire in Magness.

The fire happened at 200 Weston Street in Magness in Independence County around 1:30 in the morning.

The mother of the two boys, Tammi Thomas suffered burns to her hands and face, and had severe smoke inhalation. She was transported to the White River Medical Center in critical condition.

When the Independence County Sheriff's Department and Newark Fire Department arrived on scene, the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. The fire department tried to enter the home, but the flames were too intense to make it past the back door of the residence.

Twenty-year-old Chris Thomas was found dead in his bedroom, which suffered the heaviest damage of the fire. The 7-year-old was found dead in the living room, close to the front door. His name is being withheld by police.

According to the police report, the fire is believed to have started in the living room/kitchen area of the home, where 2 space heaters were found.

The official cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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