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House Fire Kills 5 in Wisconsin

November 1, 1998

BAYSIDE, Wis. (AP) _ A fire on Saturday destroyed a house where a neighborhood Halloween party was planned, killing the two adults and three children inside.

``It’s completely gutted,″ said Mark Tishberg, who lives about a block away in the subdivision of about 125 homes.

Tishberg said he was awakened by fire trucks and other emergency vehicles at about 3 a.m. He and other neighbors went to see what was happening.

``It feels helpless,″ he said. ``We feel so vulnerable.″

The cause of the fire had not yet been determined. Authorities did not say how the victims were related.

Neighbors said the family that lived in the house planned to have a Halloween party later Saturday.

Bruce Resnick, police chief of this Milwaukee suburb of 4,800, said the fire completed destroyed the home, causing the second floor to collapse on the first.

State and local fire officials worked until dark to try and determine what caused the fire, but were unsuccessful. The investigation was to resume Sunday.

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