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Five dead in New Orleans house fire

Five dead in New Orleans house fire

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two adults and 3 children died early Tuesday in a house fire, New Orleans firefighters said.

Fire Chief Timothy McConnell told local news outlets the fire was reported around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday and first units on the scene found the two-story, wood framed house engulfed in flames.

McConnell said a woman, her three grandchildren and the mother of the children were killed. He said the children's father escaped uninjured.

McConnell said the grandmother's body was found in a first floor bedroom and the mother and children were found in a second floor bedroom.

McConnell said the father, who was the mother's boyfriend, attempted to rescue his family, but could not re-enter the burning home. He said the father told him the home had no working smoke detectors.

McConnell said the three children attended Andrew H. Wilson Charter School across the street from their home.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the investigation.

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