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4 children, 2 adults dead in Pa. fire

Firefighters battled a house fire that killed four children and two adults in Pottsville, Pa. Neighbors said they heard cries for help, but the flames prevented any rescue.
Firefighters battled a house fire that killed four children and two adults in Pottsville, Pa. Neighbors said they heard cries for help, but the flames prevented any rescue.JC Kriesher/Associated Press

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POTTSVILLE, Pa. — Fire tore through a family’s eastern Pennsylvania home on Mother’s Day, authorities said, killing four young children, their father, and another relative while their mother was across the street doing laundry at a friend’s house.

The blaze broke out around 11:55 p.m. Sunday at the single-family home in Pottsville. Firefighters later found all of the bodies on the third floor of the building, which sits on a steep hillside not far from the D.G. Yuengling & Son brewery, about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

The fire was declared under control shortly before 1 a.m. State police fire marshals were sifting through the debris later Monday morning and authorities were searching for the cause of the blaze, which investigators say began in the kitchen.

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