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Baby, woman found dead, as firefighters rescue two children from blaze

DAYTONA BEACH (AP) – Firefighters discovered a woman stabbed to death when they rushed to extinguish a fire at an apartment in Daytona Beach, Florida, in the United States while her three young children were taken in critical condition to a hospital where the youngest, an infant, died.

Authorities have not released the baby’s cause of death or the type of injuries and current conditions of the two surviving kids, aged four and five.

“This is a horrific incident two days out from a holiday that centres around family,” Daytona Beach police Chief Jakari Young told reporters at the scene.

The mother’s name has not been released and police were investigating the fire as a homicide, Young said. Authorities have not named a suspect.

The fire began around midnight on Tuesday at the Countryside Apartments, Young said, and the infant was found in a crib near the mother. WKMG in Orlando reported that state investigators believe a fire was intentionally set at the apartment.

A woman is comforted as she cries in front of the fire damaged unit at Daytona Beach in Florida, United States. PHOTO: AP
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