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Three children die in Greenwood house fire

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - Greenwood police are investigating a weekend fire in which three children died.

Acting Greenwood Police Chief Henry Purnell says investigators are still interviewing people related to the case and trying to sort out the differing stories of what happened.

Purnell says firefighters arrived at the scene of the fire about 1:52 a.m. Sunday and found the house fully engulfed in flames.

After extinguishing the fire, they found three children, 12-year-old Brianna Jackson, 12, and 2-year-old twins Tysandra and Bysandra Jackson.

Fire Chief Larry Griggs says firefighters found slight pulses in all three children before taking the children to the hospital. They were pronounced dead after arriving.

Leflore County Coroner Debra Sanders says the cause of death was smoke inhalation. Sanders says autopsies have been ordered.

Griggs says there was no gas connection at the house, but there were several electrical space heaters. Griggs says the fire started near the bathroom on the north side of the house.

Purnell said Angela Jackson, the mother, and Willie Gooch, her boyfriend, told police that they just stepped out of the house and when they came back, it was on fire.

Purnell says the investigation appears to show they were not at the house at all.

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