House fire kills 5, including 3 children in Pendleton

House fire kills 5, including 3 children in Pendleton
Photo courtesy Tim Trainor/East Oregonian

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — An early morning fire tore through a home in east Oregon Sunday and killed five people, including three children, and left two adults hospitalized, authorities said.

Firefighters arrived at the two-story residence within two minutes of a 911 call and found it fully engulfed in flames, Pendleton police Lt. Bill Caldera said.

They battled the blaze for more than an hour to bring it under control.

Caldera said the two injured adults were flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland, according to a report in The East Oregonian.

The paper said officials didn't have any details on their conditions, and were still trying to determine the names and ages of the five victims.

"It was not a single family living there," he said.

Several hours after the blaze, the shell of the home remained standing but it looked gutted with blackened windows, doors and large holes in the roof and walls showing the fire's devastation.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire and have sought the help of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Caldera said the federal agency will send a dog to smell for accelerant, substances that might have helped the fire spread. The effort is standard protocol as part of an investigation, he said.

Police blocked road access to the neighborhood and around the house. Caldera said he didn't expect more information to be released Sunday.

Pendleton is located about 175 miles east of Portland.
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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info