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2 YOUTHS DIE IN FIRE; FATHER CRITICAL

Two children died in a house fire here Sunday morning, and their father, John Kliewer, is in critical condition in St. Catharines General Hospital after being rescued by emergency personnel.

Police said Kate Kliewer, 7, and Lucas Kliewer, 4, died after being trapped in the fire on Fitzgerald Street. Two other children, Marc Kliewer, 11, and Natasha Kliewer, 10, escaped the fire.

The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly before 1 a.m. The Ontario fire marshal's office is investigating, and damage was estimated at $50,000.

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