- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A 2-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother died of smoke inhalation in a weekend fire in a Colorado Springs motel room that is under investigation.

Colorado Springs police released results of autopsies on the children on Monday.

Their mother and a 10-year-old brother were also injured in the Saturday fire at the Ranch Motel. Lt. Catherine Buckley said Monday the mother was in critical condition and the boy was in stable condition.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Police withheld the identities of the victims.

The mother and her three children were trapped inside their room when firefighters arrived. All four were rescued within seven minutes and were in critical condition at the time, fire department spokesman Capt. Steven Oswald said.

A man was also treated for smoke inhalation, but it was not clear if he had also been in the room or had attempted to go inside, Oswald said.

The motel is one of several older motels on U.S. 85 - North Nevada Avenue - that used to cater to passing travelers and now mostly provide housing to local residents who need a long-term place to stay.

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