Florida Keys

Mother and two young children killed in Florida Keys house fire

A mother and two young children were killed in a house fire in the Florida Keys early Sunday morning.

Robin Ferrer, 46, and her two children Roman and Hazel, ages 7 and 5 respectively, perished in a fire at their house on Ramrod Key.

Ferrer’s 18-year-old son Jacob and 19-year-old daughter Courtney attempted to save their family. Jacob was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center for severe burns but is in recovery. Courtney escaped uninjured.

Monroe County dispatchers received a 911 call at 12:35 a.m. When first responders arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames, said Deputy Becky Herrin, the Sheriff's Office's spokeswoman.

The flames and smoke left fire rescue and neighbors unable to enter the house to rescue the family members.

The state Fire Marshal and Sheriff's Office detectives are working together to investigate the cause of the blaze.

Go to KeysNet.com to read more.

Miami Herald staff contributed to this story.