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Louisville house fire death toll now four

LOUISVILLE, KY -- The death toll from an early Saturday morning house fire on Clay Street in Louisville is now four, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal.

The latest victim is Gabrial Johnson, 21, of the 4200 block of Win Rose Way, was pronounced dead at 8:41 a.m. at University Hospital of injuries she likely sustained in the fire in the 1200 block of South Clay Street, said Jim Wesley, deputy coroner for Jefferson County. She is believed to be a friend of the family who lived at the house.

The three other victims from the fire have been identified as:

An unidentified adult male was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:44 a.m. of fire-related injuries, Wesley said. Authorities are trying to positively identify him, likely using dental records, he said.

Amarion Seargent, 5, who was pronounced dead at 2:24 a.m. at Kosair Children's Hospital. Amarion, who lived at the residence where the fire occurred, died of soot and smoke inhalation, Wesley said.

Anton Seargent, 3, who was pronounced dead at 2:41 a.m. at Kosair. Anton, Amarion's cousin, also died of soot and smoke inhalation, Wesley said.

The fire at the two-story brick family dwelling at 1249 S. Clay St. was called in around 1:40 a.m. Saturday, said Sgt. Salvador Melendez, a spokesman for Louisville Fire & Rescue.

Several fire units arrived about 4 minutes later and saw heavy smoke and fire pouring from the first floor of the building, Melendez said.

Rescue units pulled nine people from the house, including five children, Melendez said. He said most of the victims were in the first-floor living room or bedroom. Only one of those taken from the house, a child, was conscious.

The children, ranging in age from 9 months to 7 years, were taken to Kosair, he said.

Two patients at Kosair were in critical condition, and one patient was in serious condition at around 10 a.m. Saturday, said Ben Moore, a Norton Healthcare spokesman.

Two adults were taken to Jewish Hospital suffering from shortness of breath. They are in stable condition, Melendez said.

He said it took 35 firefighters about 25 minutes to bring the fire under control. "Our hearts go out to the families of the victims," he said.

Firefighters checked to see if the house had working smoke detectors, he said, adding that one was found on the second floor, but there was no sign of one on the first floor.

Louisville Metro Homicide detectives and fire investigators are investigating the fire, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal.

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