Three young siblings from Telangana have died in a house fire in the US. The three, who were missionary students, were guests for the holidays with the Coudriet family in Tennessee when the fire broke out around 11 pm.

Aaron Naik, 17, Sharron Naik, 14 and Joy Naik, 15, were killed, along with 46-year-old Kari Coudriet, the owner of the house in the suburb of Memphis, Tennessee.

The tragedy was confirmed in a Facebook post by the Town of French Camp, which said: “Friends and family, please pray for Pastor Naik and his wife. They sent their three precious children to America from India to keep them safe, and during the break, a fire took their lives.”

The missionary town also said the children “have been a blessing to the French Camp community and are loved by our whole town. I cannot fathom the grief of their parents as I know how much our town is grieving.”