Five children, all under the age of 10, who died in a house fire in St Louis on their mother’s birthday as she desperately tried to save them

A St. Louis mother desperately tried to save her five children after a devastating apartment blaze on her birthday

The fire broke out in the early hours of Friday morning in an apartment where they had been staying with their mother and grandparents after their last home burned down just five months ago. 

The mother of the children, 34-year-old Sabrina Dunigan, left home to drive someone to work and left the children alone at home. When she returned she discovered the home engulfed in flames, authorities said.

Five crews from the East St. Louis Fire Department arrived to find two of the children dead inside a bedroom and three other children unconscious on the floor. 

Two of the unconscious children died as firefighters were rushing them out of the building. The fifth child died on the way to the hospital, St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye said. 

1The victims were identified as 9-year-old Deontay Dunigan, 7-year-old twins Heaven and Nevaeh Dunigan, 4-year-old Jabari Johnson, and 2-year-old Loyal Dunigan, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

East St. Louis Fire Chief Jason Blackmon told that the cause of the blaze is under in investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshal.    

‘The guys are taking it pretty hard,’ said Assistant Fire Chief George McClellan.    

Sheila Dunigan is asking for privacy as investigators figure out the cause of the fire. 

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