The Latest: 3 children killed in house fire north of Houston

Victoria Allen grieves the loss of a friend as authorities investigate the scene of a three-alarm fire that killed multiple people and damaged residences in south Montgomery County Friday, May 12, 2017, in Conroe, Texas. ( Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Victoria Allen grieves the loss of a friend as authorities investigate the scene of a three-alarm fire that killed multiple people and damaged residences in south Montgomery County Friday, May 12, 2017, in Conroe, Texas. ( Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

CONROE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a deadly house fire north of Houston (all times local):

8:15 a.m.

A sheriff’s official says three children have died in a house fire north of Houston and three members of the same family are critically injured.

Montgomery County sheriff’s Lt. Scott Spencer says the children who died ranged in age from 6 to 13 years. He earlier said the youngest was 7.

Spencer says the children’s bodies were found inside the home that collapsed during the fire early Friday morning near Conroe (KAHN’-roh), about 40 miles north of Houston.

A fire official says the three critically injured include a 10-year-old boy. Three other members of the family were taken to hospitals with injuries that are not life threatening.

Spencer says two Shenandoah police officers also were hurt, suffering smoke inhalation and other injuries. Another officer with another department also was hurt.

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7:45 a.m.

Three children are missing and six other members of the same family are injured, three critically, after a burning house collapsed north of Houston.

Montgomery County sheriff’s Lt. Scott Spencer says the missing children range in age from 7 to 13 years.

Spencer says three of the people taken to hospitals are in critical condition and three others have injuries that are not life-threatening. Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams told KHOU-TV that one of the critically injured is a 10-year-old boy who suffered severe burns.

Spencer says two Shenandoah police officers who were among the first to respond to the fire near Conroe (KAHN’-roh) also were hurt, suffering smoke inhalation and other injuries.

Williams says flames and heat drove away emergency responders attempting to enter the home.