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Twin Girls Die in Trailer Fire in San Juan County

Twin Girls Die in Trailer Fire in San Juan County



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Funeral services are planned Thursday in Blanding for 4-year-old twin girls found huddled together under a table after a fire destroyed their camping trailer.

Charlie Ann and Jamie Loretta Giddings appear to have started the fire accidentally while playing in the trailer parked next to their family home in southeast Utah late Friday afternoon, police chief Mike Halliday told The Salt Lake Tribune.

"They passed away the same way they lived their short lives -- together," said their uncle, David Owens.

Investigators say Charlie Ann and Jamie Loretta somehow made their way into the trailer and may have started the fire while playing with matches.

Residents started a trust fund at Zions Bank, and residents along with a local grocery store have been donating food to the family. Proceeds from several vendors at last weekend's Independence Day celebration in Blanding will be donated to the family.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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