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Great grandmother, two children laid to rest after tragic fire on Iroquois Street

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A funeral was held Saturday afternoon for a 77-year-old Baton Rouge woman and her two small great grandchildren who were tragically killed in a fire last week on Iroquois Street.

Gloria Anderson, 7-year-old Maylia Jackson, and 6-year-old Michele Jackson were laid to rest today at McKowen Baptist Church.

"These children loved one another. They were angels of our building," Karla Johnson said. Johnson is the principal of Capitol Elementary where the children attended school.

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BATON ROUGE- Authorities say a woman and her two great granddaughters were killed in an early-morning house fire in Baton Rouge Friday.

The fire occurred in the 3000 block around 4:30 a.m. on Iroquois Street. 

Authorities have identified the victims as 77-year-old Gloria Anderson and the two children, 7-year-old Maylia Jackson and 6-year-old Michele Jackson. Two others, a 19-year-old and a 5-year-old, are in critical condition. 

During a press conference Thursday, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said EBR parish saw seven fire-related deaths in total in 2017. Less than a week into 2018, there have been nine fire-related deaths reported.

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