Gainesville house fire claims lives of two children

Published: Nov. 27, 2017 at 9:31 AM CST
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A 3-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl died from injuries received during a Monday morning fire.

The boy was pronounced dead on Monday. The girl was transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. She died at 1:55 a.m. on Tuesday.

Firefighters said the girl's father, Brian Cosgrove, was treated and released from a local hospital.

The call for the fire came in around 6:30 a.m. in the 300 block of North Clements Street. The home, according to firefighters, was a total loss upon their arrival.

"One minute everything is all good," said neighbor Taylor May. "I just saw [the kids] the other day. You know, one minute you're here, one you're not."

Neighbor Karina Alfaro lives right across the street from the home and said she called 911.

"We never thought it would turn into something so devastating," Alfaro said.

She said she saw the kids often and described them as loving and friendly, always waving at her.

Three other adults lived in the home: Jamie Cosgrove, mother Margaret Stogner, and Marissa Moss.

Fire investigators said the four adults claimed they were inside the home at the time.

"We know them a lot of our neighbors work together so we've been around the kids a lot," said neighbor Taylor May.

Neighbors tell us two dogs also died in the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Authorities said they don't consider the fire to be suspicious. They said there were no working smoke detectors in the home.

"They're good people," May said. "Nobody deserves that."

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Posted by Gainesville Texas Fire-Rescue on Monday, November 27, 2017