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Two boys killed in Graettinger house fire

July 7, 2014
Estherville News

GRAETTINGER - Two boys, ages 5 and 7, were killed in a house fire in Graettinger early Monday morning, according to the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office.

Their mother, Stephanie Gaston, was able to exit the house and was transported to Iowa City Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

According to the press release, the sheriff's office received report of the house fire at 204 S. Jackson Ave., in Graettinger, at 6:33 a.m. Monday.

Gaston, an occupant of the house, was able to exit the building, but was unable to bring her two young children to safety. Members of the Graettinger Fire Department entered the smoke-filled house and located and removed the two children. Palo Alto County ambulance personnel and firemen began lifesaving measures on the children.

Gaston and her two sons were taken by ambulance to the Palo Alto County Hospital and she was transported to Iowa City Hospital. Gavin Hasbrouck, age 5, and Collin Reed, age 7, were later pronounced dead at the Palo Alto County Hospital.

The Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office was called to investigate. Preliminary investigation indicates the fire had started in the living room, the house received fire and extensive smoke damage. The investigation continues.



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