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Children Die in Cause of BY GEORGE AN AST ASIA Courier Post Staff GffiBSTOWN-Offieials believe a fire that killed three children here early Sunday morning started in the kitchen of their two-story West Broad Street home and swept through the second story bedrooms where the children were sleeping. The cause of the fire is still undetermined and an inves Child Neglect Is Charged In Death of Daughter BY GEORGE ANASTASIA Sleep Fire Fatal to 3 tigation by township and county fire officials was expected to continue today. Killed in the blaze were Karen Dowdy. 12. James Dowdy. 4. and their stepsister. Alexis Waldron. 3. The children's mother. Mrs. Rosemary Waldron, and their grandmother, Mrs. Mildred Begyn, were not home at the time of the fire which officials believe started about 1:30 a.m. at her home late Karen Dowdy was reportedly babysitting the two younger children. Mrs. Waldron. her mother, and the three children moved to the home at 39 W. Broad St. in January. Mrs. Waldron was separated from her husband, according to police. She rented the home from Herbold Wag-nere Jr., son of the township mayor. Stewart Pine, a next door The Still Unknown neighbor who discovered the fire and who was injured attempting to rescue the children, said yesterday he believed the fire started in the kitchen. Pine said he and his wife were preparing for bed Sunday morning when he looked out his bedroom window and saw flames in the Waldron's kitchen. Mrs. Pine called the fire department while her husband first tried to douse the blaze with a garden hose, then attempted to reach the children by breaking down the front door. "The doorknob was red hot." Pine said yesterday. "I kicked in the door, but smoke just poured out of the doorway and I couldn't get up the stairs " Pine was treated for first degree burns of the forehead and chest and second degree burns of the right arm. Two firemen were also reported injured fighting the fire. Fire gutted the interior of the house and heat from the blaze buck ltd the aluminum siding on the side of Pine's house that faced the Waldron's kitchen. The children, pronounced' dead at Underwood-Memorial Hospital, Woodbury, died of asphyxiation. A funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Assumption, White Horse Pike. Atco. Burial will be in new St. Mary's Cemetery, Bell-ma wr.