House fire kills four children in Trenton, Mo.

Four children perished in an overnight house fire in Trenton, Mo.

The house fire in the 1300 block of Norton Street was reported between midnight and 1 a.m. Saturday.

Trenton Fire Chief Rick Morris said the second floor of the two-story house was fully involved when fire fighters arrived.

Morris said autopsies are being conducted to determine the identities of the victims.

He said two families lived in the house, and five people, including one other child, were able to escape the blaze.

The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, which may have been electrical, Morris said. The house had a smoke detector on the first floor but authorities were unsure if there was a detector on the second floor.

Diane Stafford, stafford@kcstar.com