GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP with files from Yakima Herald-Republic and KEPR) – Police in the southern Washington community of Goldendale say a 34-year-old man and two young children have been found dead after a house fire.
The Klickitat County coroner’s office identified the victims as Thomas Blakely and his two children, 7-year-old Kyra Blakely and 5-year-old Thomas Blakely.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that autopsies are scheduled. Police say flames had engulfed the house by the time the fire was called in about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The mother of the children arrived at the scene to find he house engulfed, KEPR reports.
Kyra and Thomas Blakely were students at Goldendale Primary School, where the Herald-Republic reports counselors were sent to work with the students.
“We’re like a family, anything that needs to be done we’ll pull together and we will do it,” resident Jenilee Perez told KEPR. “That’s how Goldendale is.”
A memorial is growing outside the home.