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UPDATE: Oconto police chief says mother, 3 kids were victims of Friday house fire

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MONDAY 1/20/2020 12:30 p.m.

OCONTO, Wis. (WFRV) – Oconto police have identified the victims in the January 17 fatal house fire.

Police say the victims were a mother, 35-year-old Katherine DeCoursin, and her three kids, 15-year-old Jeri Schroeder, 13-year-old Dalton Schroeder, and 11-year-old Nicholas DeCoursin.

The investigation is being handled by the State Fire Marshal’s Office; more information regarding the cause of the fire will be released once the investigation is complete.

Four dead following Oconto house fire

FRIDAY 1/17/20 1:27 p.m.

OCONTO, Wis. (WFRV) – Four people and one pet are dead after a Friday morning fire in Oconto.

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office says crews were dispatched to the 900 block of Fabry Street just before 3 a.m. for a structure fire.

Oconto Police and Oconto Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and crews immediately began knocking down the fire.

During suppression efforts, officials say the victims were found deceased in the fire scene.

Victims will not be identified until the next-of-kin have been notified. Officials say this incident is contained and there is no threat to the public.

Oconto Fire and Rescue were assisted by four other departments as well as the Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.

The cause of the fire is reportedly under investigation. No additional details are available at this time. Stick with Local 5 on-air and online as updates become available.

The Oconto Unified School District will be offering counseling services Friday during school hours and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3 p.m.-5 p.m., and 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the high school.

ORIGINAL STORY: Crews remain on scene following Oconto house fire

FRIDAY 1/17/20 9:00 a.m.

OCONTO, Wis. (WFRV) — Crews were battling a house fire in Oconto Thursday morning on Fabry Street.

The Oconto Unified School District released a statement on social media saying they are aware of the fire.

“The School District is aware of a tragic incident that has occurred within the community. Our hearts and thoughts are with those impacted. At this point in time, we are communicating with local authorities and have enacted our crisis protocol.”

The district says counselors are available in the school offices. They also say they will continue to communicate a broader plan as more information is available.

Construction crews are currently on scene preparing to demolish the house.

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire or the condition of those involved.

A press conference is planned for Friday. Local 5 will provide updates on-air and online as they become available.

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