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Iowa authorities release names of Christmas fire victims

December 29, 2017

Blue Grass Fire Chief Brian Seamer and Blue Grass Police Sgt. Garrett Jahns watch a home being secured on East Salem Street where 4 people died in a fire in Blue Grass, Iowa Monday Dec. 25, 2017. Jahns said Tuesday that he couldn't release any of the victims' names or ages yet but that the four were related. (Jeff Cook/Quad City Times via AP)

BLUE GRASS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the names of four family members killed by an early Christmas morning house fire in eastern Iowa.

The blaze erupted a little after 12:30 a.m. Monday in Blue Grass.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office identified three of them as 71-year-olds Larry Loose Sr. and Rose Loose and their 36-year-old son, Steven Loose. They were pronounced dead at the scene. A second son, 35-year-old Michael Loose, escaped from the house and later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The State Fire Marshal Division is still investigating the cause of the blaze.

Blue Grass is a community of about 1,500 residents 150 miles (240 kilometers) east of Des Moines.

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