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Mother, Two Children Die in Fire

January 24, 2001 GMT

IPSWICH, Mass. (AP) _ A mother and her two young children _ one an infant dropped from a third-floor window _ died after a fire ripped through their home.

The infant tossed from the building, identified as 5-month-old Carly Collum, died after being flown to New England Medical Center on Tuesday night. The cause of death was not immediately known.

The girl’s mother, Lisa Collum, and Collum’s 4-year-old daughter, Lindsay, had been trapped on the house’s third floor by the flames.

Lisa Collum’s husband reportedly was not at home at the time of the fire.

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Several other people in the building, including relatives of the victims, escaped without serious injury.

The fire was spotted at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday by a firefighter who was driving by the house, according to fire officials. It was brought under control at about 9 p.m.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation early Wednesday.