Early Tuesday morning, tragedy struck in Illinois after a man killed his children and then himself while his wife slept in the home.
According to reports, officials responded to a house fire at about 3 a.m., where they found Eric N. Ringenberg and his two sons, dead in the basement. The children, who were identified by their initials, CR and RR, were reportedly strangled to death before Ringenberg set the house on fire and hanged himself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Police say, his wife, 32-year-old Pamela Ringenberg, managed to escape after hearing the smoke alarm. She tried to call for help, but surveillance cameras showed that her husband hid the phones just before setting the home on fire. According to reports, the woman then tried to find her husband and sons, a 2-year-old and a newborn, but the smoke and flames overwhelmed the home, forcing her to evacuate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The woman was then taken to a local hospital in fair condition.