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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 1:00 am

Briefs

Indiana

Kokomo house fire kills 2 children

KOKOMO – Two children have died in a fire in the early-morning hours of Christmas Eve in Kokomo.

The Kokomo Police Department says two adults and three minors managed to escape the blaze that engulfed the two-story home. The two children were later found dead inside. Their ages, names and genders weren't immediately released.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire that was reported at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

A statement from police says at least some of those who escaped received medical treatment. A firefighter was also injured and taken to a nearby hospital. He was treated and released.

Vincennes library to digitize records

An Indiana library has received a state grant to digitize county records dating to the early 1800s.

The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reports the Knox County Public Library has been awarded a state Heritage Support Grant for the second straight year.

The $34,000 grant will allow the library to digitize 1,500 pages of records stored at the McGrady Brockman House, the library's regional history and genealogy center.

The grant comes from the Indiana Historical Society and is funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Last year the library received $50,000, which was used to digitize older documents, some dating to 1790 when Knox County was formed. The documents include and court records.

Judy Kratzner, president of the Friends of the Knox County Public Library Group, calls the documents “amazing.”

– Associated Press