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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Officials say three juveniles are dead and one child is in the hospital after a Saturday morning house fire in New Albany.
Michael Hall with the Mayor's Office released a statement saying "Upon investigation regarding the cause of the fire, it was determined that combustibles were within very close proximity to a space heater".
Floyd County Coroner Dr. Leslie Knable says the victims' bodies have been sent to the medical examiner's office to determine an official cause of death. Knable says the three victims who died were juveniles, but would not share the ages or sexes of the victims.
Fire officials say the fire happened just after 2:00 AM on the 300 block of Ealy Street near the intersection of Crystal Avenue.
Three roses have been placed in front of the burned up home in honor of the three victims.
"I remember the little boy used to come up to me and always call me nana and that's really going to stick with me for the rest of my life," said Kaye Craig.
Miss Kaye, as she's known in the neighborhood, says she felt helpless Saturday morning when she watched her neighbor's house go up in flames.
"This is a tragedy the first of the year. A new beginning and now they don't have no where to go, no where to stay. I just can't deal with this right now," said Craig.
Although the coroner would not share the ages or sexes of the victims, family members say the three deceased were all under five years old.
"I've been here 22 years and nothing this bad has ever happened before," Craig told WDRB.
Officials believe the fire started in the front bedroom, where most of the damage is.
"When it gets cold, people put up space heaters. In this instance, they were also using the oven as a heat source," said Chris Koehler, New Albany Fire Marshal.
Neighbors are trying to figure out ways to help those affected.
"I hope people watching this can help them out because I'm going to help them out as much as I can too," said Craig.
One of the family members was at the scene all day Saturday but was too in shock to do an on camera interview.
He told WDRB for now, he and his family will have to stay with friends.
"I watched them grow up. I know their mom. It's a sad situation right now," said Craig. "I'm so sorry. My heart goes out to all the family.".
WDRB is told the young girl that was rescued is being treated in Indianapolis. Her condition is unknown.