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Third sister dies from injuries in west Columbus house fire

A 22-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene on the fire on June 23.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A third girl has died after she was hospitalized following a house fire in west Columbus almost two weeks ago.

Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Geitter confirmed the 7-year-old girl, Heavin Roebuck, passed away Tuesday morning.

The fire happened on June 23 at a home on Midland Avenue just south of West Broad Street. Crews saw heavy smoke and a large fire when they arrived at the scene.

Firefighters found the girl, her two sisters, 10-year-old Diamond Roebuck and 8-year-old La'riyiah Roebuck, on the home's second floor. Crews also found 22-year-old Robert Taylor on the home's second floor.

Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. Diamond and La'riyiah both passed away within 24 hours following the fire.

Firefighters said a woman, who was identified as the girls' mother, was also found outside of the home when crews arrived. She was taken to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Chief Geitter said the home had fire detectors, but they were not working at the time of the fire.

Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire.

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