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3 Children Die in Ark. House Fire

January 5, 2001

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) _ A woman and her husband were arrested after her three young children died alone in a house fire.

LaVeronica and LaRon Woods, 1 1/2-year-old twins, and Camary Woods, who was nearly 3, died Wednesday night, police said. The two adults returned to the home two hours after the fire began.

Alvin Franklin, 27, and Veronica Franklin, 27, were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Police spokesman Pete Dennis said the fire apparently was started by an open flame gas heater while the adults were running errands.

``The manslaughter charges would come from the adults’ negligence in leaving the children alone,″ he said.

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