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By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY COUNTY — Three Trinity County residents were killed on Oct. 6 as the result of a house fire.

Emily Gideon, 36, and two daughters, Braley, 10, and Annabelle, 7, were killed.

According to a release from Sheriff Woody Wallace, emergency personnel were notified at about midnight on Oct. 6 about a house fire in the Camp Branch subdivision on Rustling Wind Street.

When firefighters and deputies arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames, he said.

Multiple fire departments, including 356 Volunteer Fire Department, Onalaska Fire Department and Trinity Fire and Rescue were on scene battling the blaze.

Emergency personnel spoke with a 14-year-old resident of the home who escaped the fire through a window. He told officials he ran to the back of the house and tried to break windows to rescue his mother and two sisters but was unsuccessful; he then ran to the neighbors and asked them to call 911.

Emergency personnel arrived too late to rescue the other occupants.

Wallace said that the cause of the fire is currently unknown and is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.

Wallace also said that people should discuss with children a fire escape plan and check batteries in smoke detectors.

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