- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) - A fire believed to have begun with a front-porch barbecue grill quickly engulfed a log cabin in central Wyoming that was home to a family of seven, killing two children and injuring the parents and their other three children.

A passer-by called 911 and firefighters arrived to find a couple and three of their children outside the home Tuesday evening. Two children were missing.

“With the high winds, the fire spread quickly,” Fremont County Fire Chief Craig Haslam said.

The father, 33, and a 10-month-old baby were flown to the University of Utah Burn Center in Salt Lake City. The mother and two children were treated at a local hospital and released, Haslam said.

He said the fire appeared to be accidental, and the family may have been cooking on the gas grill at the time.

Local officials weren’t releasing the victims’ identities or the conditions of the survivors. An autopsy on the two children was planned in Loveland, Colorado, according to Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan.

“We are hoping, then, to confirm the identities of the two children,” he said.

However, the address corresponded to that of Feike and Noelle Van Dijk and a local bank was taking donations in the Van Dijk’s family name, The Riverton Ranger reported (www.dailyranger.com ).

“We are encouraging people to stop into any one of our branches, as 100 percent of the proceeds go to the family,” said April Hughes, spokeswoman for Central Bank and Trust.

The home, located 5 miles south of Lander, is near a scenic area called the Lander Front, where colorful stone uplifts outline the boundaries of the Wind River Range.


Information from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger, https://www.dailyranger.com

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