Fatal fire of parents, baby girl in StL now a homicide after bodies found with gunshot wounds

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Three people are dead after a fire early Sunday in north St. Louis. Two parents and their 6-month-old were discovered in the two-story home, but investigators are now calling it a homicide.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames.

"The front room, that was well involved when we arrived, and then a second room, that was a bedroom, and all three victims were located inside that room," Cpt. Garon Mosby with the St. Louis Fire Department said.

Police said Melvin Thomas, 56, and Marquita Jones, 31, had suffered gunshot wounds, KTVI reports. Their infant daughter, Madison Thomas, was also found in a first floor room. The investigation is ongoing.

The fire broke out around 4:40 a.m. Sunday. Neighbor Britney Keeton said her mother called 911 after she saw flames through a bedroom window. She grabbed her sisterĀ and ran outside, and tried to alert the family inside by honking a car horn, but the family never came out.

"For the family have to deal with a tragedy. That's not one or two deaths, that's a whole family," saidĀ Keeton.

The family had reportedly just moved to the area.

"Anytime you lose a life, it's tough. Any firefighter will tell you, when it is that of a child, it has that much more of an effect on us," Mosby said.

Fire crews said the house did have working smoke detectors on the second floor. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.