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A young man and two children are recovering after a fire tore through a northern Missouri home, and three young children have died in the blaze. A young man and two children are recovering after a fire tore through a northern Missouri home, and three young children have died in the blaze.
Investigators were out Monday sifting through the rubble to see if they can figure out what sparked the fire that ripped through the two-story farm house near Jameson about 11:45 p.m. Saturday. Investigators were out Monday sifting through the rubble to see if they can figure out what sparked the fire that ripped through the two-story farm house near Jameson about 11:45 p.m. Saturday.
Three children died in the house fire. Two children and their uncle were injured. Three children died in the house fire. Two children and their uncle were injured.
Relatives of the victims have set-up a GoFundMe account for Jazmin Curtis, 6, Conner Uthe, 2, and 9-month-old Cooper White who died in the fire. Relatives of the victims have set-up a GoFundMe account for Jazmin Curtis, 6, Conner Uthe, 2, and 9-month-old Cooper White who died in the fire.
Becerra said Allen Curtis and his fiancée, Cheyenne Uthe, lived at home with their children. Becerra said Allen Curtis and his fiancée, Cheyenne Uthe, lived at home with their children.
DAVIESS COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

Authorities say they have recovered the bodies of three children who died in a northwest Missouri fire over the weekend.

One child was released from Children's Mercy Hospital on Monday after suffering serious burns. An 8-year-old child and a 20-year-old man remained hospitalized.

"There's going to be some hard days ahead," said Carl Carder, a family friend.

Investigators were out Monday sifting through the rubble to see if they can figure out what sparked the fire that ripped through the two-story, five-bedroom farm house near Jameson about 11:45 p.m. Saturday.

Daviess County Sheriff Ben Becerra said two bodies were recovered at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The third body was recovered Monday afternoon. Identification is pending.

Investigators say the children's 20-year-old uncle was babysitting them Saturday night. They were all asleep in the living room when the fire broke out in that room.

Becerra said Allen Curtis and his fiancée, Cheyenne Uthe, lived at home with their children.

The sheriff says the uncle, Jordan Curtis, woke up after breathing in heavy smoke. They say he managed to get the two oldest children out of the house.

"Like anybody, that was his first reaction, to get the kids out," Becerra said.

But the fire was too intense for him to rescue the three younger children. Rescuers also vainly tried to get them out.

Jazmin Curtis, 6, Kohnar Uthe, 2, and 9-month-old Kouper Rhodes died in the blaze.

Becerra said about 16 minutes passed before 911 was notified because the uncle did not have his cell phone. It was in the fire. The children's parents showed up shortly after, and they used their phone to call dispatchers just before midnight Saturday.

"In that short period of time, the interior of the house was engulfed in flames," Becerra said.

It took firefighters six minutes to arrive on the scene, and they fought the fire for about five hours.

And in a case like this, Becerra said they're not just dealing with the elements but their own emotions.

"It is very tough. It doesn't matter if you're law enforcement, firefighters, fire marshal ... it is hard on everybody," he said.

Drake Curtis, 8, is at Children's Mercy Hospital in critical condition with severe burns to his face, throat and arms. He is undergoing skin graft surgeries. His 10-year-old-brother, Travis, was released on Monday from Children's Mercy.

Jordan Curtis is at the University of Kansas Hospital's burn unit. His condition was upgraded on Monday from serious to fair and has since been discharged.

Residents are coming together to help the family during one of the worst tragedies that the tight-knit community has ever known.

"It is a tragedy, and the community comes together anytime a tragedy does take place," Becerra said.

And the community will never forget.

"It's past heartbreaking. You can't describe it. There's no recovering from it," said Dick Miller, who is a neighbor of the family. "The community will do the best it can. You can't heal a broken heart. It might help 'em out a little bit. But that's after you say you're sorry. That doesn't change the next day for them any."

Relatives of the victims have set up a GoFundMe account for the family. The community has already pledged nearly $700 to help. Click here to donate. Another fund has also been started. Click here for more information.

KCTV5's Jonathan Carter, Josh Marshall and Emily Rittman contributed to this report.

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