5 killed in Ohio farmhouse fire; cause of blaze not known

October 26, 2017

Investigators look through rubble after a farmhouse fire Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 near Fostoria, Ohio. Investigators have found the bodies of multiple people who died in the fire. Authorities say they believe five people had been living in the house, including some children. A Seneca County spokesman says arriving firefighters were unable to get inside the burning house because the flames and smoke were too intense. (Randy Roberts/The Review Times via AP)

FOSTORIA, Ohio (AP) — Five people were killed in a farmhouse fire so intense that the first firefighters to arrive Thursday could not get inside to save the victims, authorities said.

Three adults and two children lived in the two-story farmhouse just outside city of Fostoria, said Dean Henry, a spokesman for Seneca County.

The identities and ages of those killed were not released.

Authorities said the first 911 call came early Thursday from a girl inside the home who was using her father’s cellphone.

Crews found three bodies in the morning and two more bodies later beneath some of the rubble. Parts of the house had collapsed, making it dangerous and difficult to search, Henry said.

“There was a lot of fire coming out of the front — a lot of heavy smoke,” said Chief Mark DeVault of the Bascom Joint Fire District.

Nothing was left of the home’s roof or front porch, and much of both floors were badly burned.

The cause wasn’t known yet.

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