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4 in family die in house fire

KETTERING, Ohio – An intense early morning house fire killed four people inside a suburban southwest Ohio home Thursday, authorities said.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s office said investigators at the scene believe there were seven people in the house in the Dayton suburb of Kettering. Three people escaped, one with injuries. No other details on them were released immediately.

Fire marshal’s spokesman Michael Duchesne said the upper part of the home collapsed into the basement. Two neighboring homes also were damaged.

Neighbors said a family of seven – four children, two parents and a grandparent – lived in the home, The Dayton Daily News reported.

Neighbors called 911 at around 3:50 a.m. to report the fire. Emergency responders arrived to a home that was engulfed in flames. They were hindered by the intense heat, and a police officer and a firefighter were treated for fire-related injuries.

Investigators were trying to determine what started the blaze.

“It’s still real early in the investigation,” Duchesne said.

Kettering Police Lt. Craig Moore said emergency responders spotted a man outside the home, but couldn’t reach him right away. He was pronounced dead at the scene.