FATAL FIRE: Child Killed In Independence

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A seven-year-old girl is dead following a Friday morning apartment fire in Independence.

Officials say rescue crews were called to an apartment building on 11th Avenue NE and 2nd Street around 4:15 a.m.

Six members of the same family lived in the unit where the fire was found, including the child that was killed. Neighbors say the parents of the girl are Steve and Jen Posey. Two other children lived in the home and they were taken to a local hospital and then transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. Their conditions are unknown.

Residents of the other apartments were displaced because of smoke and water damage.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated but Rick Wulfekuhle, emergency management coordinator for Buchanan County, says there appears to be an outlet in the living room that had the heaviest charring.

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