identify children killed in Christmas Eve fire
Alexis Jones, 12, and Mercedes Jones,10, found dead inside residence
staff reports The two
children killed in a house fire Christmas Eve morning have been
identified as sisters Alexis Ann Jones, 12, and Mercedes Faith Jones,
were identified after the Howard County Coronerís Office conducted an
autopsy Tuesday at Community Howard Regional Health at the request of
Coroner Steve Seele.
and manner of death is pending further investigation and lab studies,
according to a release from the Kokomo Police Department.
Mercedes Jones were found dead inside their home at 908 N. Morrison St.
after a fire ravaged the residence Sunday morning. Three other
children, two adults and one firefighter also sustained injuries and
were treated at St. Vincent hospital.
Police Department and the Kokomo Fire Department responded to the house
at around 3:38 a.m. on a report of a residence fully engulfed in flames.
arrival, emergency personnel found the two-story structure engulfed
with flames shooting out of the windows and learned there were people
trapped inside the residence.
The cause of
the fire is still undetermined. The case is currently under
investigation by the Kokomo Police Department, the Kokomo Fire
Department and the Howard County Coronerís Office.
information concerning the investigation is asked to contact Detective
Scott Purtee at 765-456-7322, or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline
This story will be updated with
information on a second house fire on Christmas Day that left one dead.