Investigators believe a toaster sparked a fire Wednesday that killed a mother and two children.
39-year-old Linda Light, a 10-year-old boy named Ben, and a 16-month old girl named Brooklyn died in the fire.
Just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday Rolla Rural and Doolittle Fire Departments arrived at a home about two miles south of the Rolla along the 14000 block of South U.S. Highway 63.
Phelps County Sheriff Richard L. Lisenbe says initial 911 calls reported as many as 20 people trapped inside the burning building.
When deputies arrived, they called in more help from the Rolla City and St. James Fire Departments. Due to the heavy smoke and flames, entry couldn't be made.