- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a 3 year-old girl has died and her 2-year-old brother is hospitalized after a Walla Walla house fire. A radiant space heater caught blankets on fire in a room where two small children were sleeping.

Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood said Thursday the girl died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation from Wednesday’s fire. He told the Union-Bulletin her younger brother was taken to a Spokane hospital.

Police had to help trace an incomplete emergency call from a cell phone Wednesday night, and by the time they arrived the occupants had left. There was light smoke in the home.

The parents had taken the two children as well as an infant to Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla. The infant had been sleeping in the parents’ room.

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