TODAY   |  September 29, 2012

Kids believed dead in fire now missing

An Amber Alert has been issued after officials failed to find the remains of two children thought to be inside a house that burned to the ground in Tennessee. NBC’s Lori Wilson reports.

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>>> now to tennessee where authorities are searching for two children presumed dead when their home was destroyed by an intense fire. late friday, officials issued an amber alert after investigators failed to find any remains of the children in the fiery debris. lori wilson has details.

>> reporter: police are searching for 9-year-old chloe and her half brother 7-year-old gage. the children were living with their grandparents in unionville, tennessee, when their home burned to the ground. they were presumed dead in the fire, but as the week went on, investigators digging through the ruins found the remains of the grandparents, but no sign of the children.

>> they feel like they don't have solid evidence right now to assume that these children were in the fire.

>> reporter: last night, the tennessee bureau of investigation went a step further and issued an amber alert saying in part, after an extensive five-day search, multiple fire experts have processed the scene and are unable to locate evidence that chloie and gage are victims of the fire." police say there are no persons of interest in the case. the fire marshall has no information on the cause of the fire. reached by phone last night, gage's father told the associated press "i don't know what to think" and repeated with his voice breaking "i don't know what to think." for "today," lori wilson , nbc news, new york.