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Mother, child die in house fire in southwestern Michigan

Associated Press

Fabius Township – A mother and child died in a house fire Tuesday in southwestern Michigan, police said.

Three more children were able to escape through a window at the home in Fabius Township in St. Joseph County, police said.

“Unfortunately, due to the location of the fire in the residence, responding police and fire personnel were unable to enter the residence to search for the mother and fourth child,” state police said. “Once the fire had been extinguished both were located deceased inside the residence.”

They were identified as Michelle Bixler, 38, and Cheyenne Ruth Bixler, 16.

The surviving children had minor injuries. The cause of the fire is being investigated.