MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities have released the names of five children who died in a north Minneapolis duplex fire last Friday.

Crews were called just after 5 a.m. to the 2800 block of Colfax Avenue North on a report of smoke in the area that quickly changed to a heavy fire. When authorities arrived, three of the children were pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were taken to North Memorial Medical Center and later died. Two others, along with their father, survived.

The names of the victims, three girls and two boys, were released Tuesday by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.  They were identified as Mary Lewis, 6; Troy Lewis V, 3; Christopher Lewis, 8; Fannie Lewis, 4 and 18-month old Gwendolyn Lewis. Authorities said Fannie and Troy Lewis V died at North Memorial Medical Center, while Gwendolyn, Mary and Christopher Lewis were found dead at the scene.

Authorities said the causes of death among the five children vary, but most are from smoke inhalation with a combination of carbon monoxide poisoning from the fire.The Medical Examiner said Fannie Lewis died from inhaling products of combustion from the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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