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Fire in crowded Indiana house kills four people

By TIMES WIRES
Published August 14, 2006


MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. - A fire killed four people early Sunday in a two-story house where about a dozen people lived in makeshift rooms, some of them bedding down in closets, the state fire marshal said.

The fire appeared to have started in the back of the house, but investigators did not yet know the cause, Fire Marshal Roger Johnson said.

Johnson said he did not know how many people were there when the fire started but he said the house had "an abnormal number of sleeping areas." There appeared to be some makeshift rooms with spots for about 12 to 15 people to sleep, he said.

Officials did not know the victims' identities or ages.

Doctors upgrade condition of separated twins

SALT LAKE CITY - Doctors upgraded the condition of separated conjoined 4-year-old twins Sunday to serious but stable.

Kendra and Maliyah Herrin, who were born fused at the mid torso, had been in critical condition since their separation in a 26-hour surgery that ended Tuesday at Primary Children's Medical Center. They were removed from ventilators Saturday.

The girls remain on heavy pain medication in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Winder said they have opened their eyes, but it's unclear how aware they are.

Authorities arrest last two missing Egyptian students

WASHINGTON - The last two of the 11 Egyptian exchange students who failed to show up at their college program were arrested Sunday, customs officials said. Mohamed Saleh Ahmed Maray, 20, and Mohamed Ibrahim Fouaad El Shenawy, 17, were found in Richmond, Va. The 11 students were supposed to be at Montana State University. They weren't considered a terrorism risk.