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Official: Space heater caused blaze that killed 4 children

A house fire in rural Oregon that killed four children and critically burned three other family members started with a portable space heater that was being used after a fireplace malfunctioned, a volunteer fire chief said Thursday.

9 dead in Memphis house fire

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Fire officials in Tennessee say at least seven people are dead after a blaze enveloped a home in Memphis. Fire Department Lt. Wayne Cooke says four adults and three children died at the scene early Monday and at least three other children were taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in “extremely critical condition.”

Fire south of Deer Park leaves 3 dead

Three people were found dead Tuesday in a fire that consumed part of a Deer Park-area house owned by a lieutenant in the Spokane Fire Department. Fire officials were unable to contact Lt. Terrance Barnett-Canfield after the early morning blaze at 20 E. Chattaroy Road southeast of Deer Park, and two of the victims were burned so badly that visual identification was not possible, Spokane fire Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer said in an email to fire department staff.

Man found dead after house fire near Eloika Lake

A man is dead after fire and explosions leveled a house and an outbuilding near Eloika Lake on Saturday night. “There were lots of explosions from ammunition that was stored in the house,” said Spokane County Fire District 4 spokeswoman Megan Hill. “That was what alerted the neighbors. They heard explosions before they saw the flames or the smoke.”

Second victim identified in fatal fire

The man who died in a house fire Saturday was 38-year-old Christopher Rusco, the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office said today.

Woman killed in weekend fire identified

The woman who died Saturday as a result of a house fire on Fourth Avenue was Stacy Hains, 38, the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office said today.

Early morning house fire claims two people, several pets

A man and a woman died in a house fire at 2213 E. Fourth Ave. on Saturday morning. A call came in to the Spokane Fire Department just after 10 a.m., Fire Chief Bobby Williams said. “We had reports people were in the structure,” he said. “When crews arrived they saw one person jump out the front window. That person took off running.”

Man dies in Soap Lake apartment fire

SOAP LAKE, Wash. — Police say an elderly man died in an apartment fire early Sunday in Soap Lake. News reports say the fire destroyed a six-unit building at the Soap Lake Gardens complex.