The Latest: Mom, 4 kids are identified as house fire victims

WARWICK, Mass. (AP) " The Latest on a Massachusetts house fire that killed a mother and her four children (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

A woman and her four children have been officially identified as the five people killed in a house fire in a small Massachusetts town.

The office of the Northwestern district attorney on Monday said a medical examiner has identified the mother as 42-year-old Lucinda Seago.

The office also says four of her children were killed. Their ages were 7, 9, 12 and 15. They haven't been named.

They died in a fire that reduced their rural Warwick home to rubble early Saturday. Seago's husband and a fifth child escaped with non-life-threatening injuries.

Fire officials have said the cause of the blaze was likely a wood stove in the kitchen.


1:15 a.m.

Residents of a small Massachusetts town are grieving after a woman and her four children were killed in a house fire.

The Boston Globe reports ( ) dozens of churchgoers gathered at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Warwick for an emotional Sunday service.

The five victims perished in a fire that reduced their home to rubble early Saturday. Two other family members escaped with non-life threatening injuries.

Fire officials have not identified the victims or survivors. They say the cause of the blaze is likely a wood stove in the kitchen and accidental in nature.

Over a dozen area fire departments helped battle the blaze, but crews were hampered by bitter cold temperatures and the challenges of drawing water to battle fires in the rural town, which has no fire hydrants.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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