msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 1/30/2012 2:10:50 AM ET 2012-01-30T07:10:50

An early-morning fire killed three toddlers in central Mississippi on Sunday. A fourth child was being treated at a burn center.

Neshoba County Sheriff's investigator Ralph Sciple told The Neshoba Democrat that 3-month-old Neldavinna Tubby, 1-year-old Omarion Tubby and 2-year-old Sharron Tubby died in the fire at the mobile home.

He said their father, Josh Tubby, and grandfather Tommy Wickson were taken by ambulance to a hospital. A fourth child — Orex Wickson — was sent to a burn center in Georgia.

'It's a sad day'
Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell told WTOK that four-year-old Orex Wickson was a family member who was visiting the home.

"At this time, it appears to be a tragic, tragic accident," Waddell added. "I would like for the community to just pray for the Tubby family because I just cannot imagine losing all your children. It's a sad day."

Citing officials, WTOK reported that the blaze appeared to have started in the kitchen.

The fire was reported shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday.

The house on Mississippi Highway 21 south was fully ablaze when firefighters arrived, authorities said.

State fire investigators are looking into the cause.

Neshoba is about 95 miles northeast of Jackson.

The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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