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SECOND CHILD SET ABLAZE BY MOTHER DIES

A second child has died from burns suffered when his mother allegedly set him, her two other children and herself on fire outside their home in Phoenix, authorities said Saturday.

Ramon Fausto, 12, died late Friday at a local hospital after being severely burned earlier in the day in what one fire official described as the worst call he had witnessed.

His 9-year-old sister, Vanessa Blake, died at the scene, and his 14-year-old brother, John Fausto, is in good condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Saturday.

The mother, Kelly Blake, 34, remains in critical condition at the Maricopa Medical Center. Police said they did not have a motive for her alleged actions.

"It seems to be an intentional act," said Detective Mike McCullough, a Phoenix police spokesman. "She ignited the children, and then set herself on fire. It's pretty scary."

McCullough said no record of family trouble or domestic violence had been found.

Police said firefighters arrived at the family's central Phoenix home Friday morning to find the two boys on fire. The older boy apparently was desperately trying to put out the flames of the younger one with a garden hose while yelling for his sister to leave a burning tool shed in the backyard. There was a pool of gasoline at the scene.

Firefighters then saw the mother, who already was on fire, douse herself with more gasoline and set herself ablaze again, McCullough said.

He said firefighters put out the fires and then went to extinguish the shed, in which they found the young girl's body.

The children's father, John Fausto, was unavailable to comment.

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