1-year-old twins killed in KCMO house fire near Woodland and East 35th

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One-year-old twins are dead after a fire at a Kansas City, Missouri, home Thursday afternoon.

It happened around 1:44 p.m. at a home near Woodland Avenue and East 35th Street. Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Jimmy Walker said when crews arrived, there were heavy flames showing on one side of the home.

Walker said the two children who were killed were found in a room on the second floor where the fire started.

A witness told FOX4's Zac Summers that she saw a woman run out the house with three children, screaming "my babies are still inside." The woman and those children made it out safely.

The people inside the home were all siblings, ranging in age from 1 to 23. Officials tell FOX4 that the woman was an older sister caring for her siblings at the time. The mother of the children was not home at the time and has not been contacted yet.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, at this time, Walker said. It's unclear at this time whether the house had working smoke detectors.

"You know it's a rough day. I mean, we just had the holidays, and for somebody to lose their family like this -- it's a pretty sad situation," Walker said.

The KCMO home near Woodland Avenue and East 35th Street where two children were killed in a fire Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

The KCMO home near Woodland Avenue and East 35th Street where two children were killed in a fire Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

The KCMO home near Woodland Avenue and East 35th Street where two children were killed in a fire Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

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