Two Children Considered Missing After Bodies Not Found in Fire

Two Tennessee children who were initially believed to have been killed in a farmhouse fire along with their step-grandparents are now considered missing and perhaps in danger, reports The Associated Press.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the remains of 9-year-old Chloie Leverette and 7-year-old Gage Daniel were not found and the agency issued an endangered child alert for them.

Investigators said neighbors last saw the children Sunday evening, hours before a fire destroyed the home in Bedford County about 40 miles southeast of Nashville.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a statement that it has concluded “that there are no remains of the two children in the structure. The children’s location at this time is unknown.” Its investigators will determine a cause.

Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce said investigators did find the bodies of 72-year-old Leon ‘‘Bubba’’ McClaran and his 70-year-old wife, Molli McClaran. He said Monday that investigators had found three bodies, but now says one turned out to be that of a dog.

The fire was very intense and quickly collapsed the walls of the house. Firefighters spent several hours battling the flames overnight Sunday and early Monday, but they were hindered because the house sat far back from the road and was not near a hydrant.

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