Mother, children found dead after Steuben County house fire identified

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A mother and her three children were found dead in a Steuben County home after crews were called to a house fire.

A 911 call was received shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday reporting a house fire in the 400 block of E. Toledo Street in Fremont. On arrival, crews found a working house fire.

Firefighters located the three children and woman on the first floor of the residence. All four were transported to an Angola hospital where the three children were pronounced deceased. The woman was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital, where she later died.

The victims have been positively identified by the Steuben County Coroner’s Office as Rebecca White, 37, of Fremont, son Emmett Freed, 5, and her two daughters, Eleanor Freed, 3, and Alaura Freed, 21 months.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office believes at this point in the investigation that the fire started on the second floor of the home and that all four occupants were in a single bedroom. They are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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