Middletown mother rescues children in house fire

A Middletown mother was hospitalized Tuesday morning after saving her three children from a house fire.

According to a family member, Tania Santelises was making breakfast when a fire started on the stove at 18 Johns Road. Her children were sleeping at the time, and her husband was out running errands

Santelises' sister-in-law says the mother ran upstairs to get the kids, ages 6 through 10, but suffered serious burns in the process.

Family members say the children will stay with them while their mother remains hospitalized with second-degree burns.

There is no word on what caused the fire.

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