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Four children die in southern Oregon house fire

Two adults, 13-year-old boy seriously injured

(Updates with death toll, names)

RIDDLE, Ore. (AP) - A Douglas County sheriff's spokesman says four children were killed in an overnight house fire in the small southern Oregon timber town of Riddle.

Deputy Dwes Hutson said Wednesday the children ranged from 4 to 13.

Two adults and a 13-year-old boy survived and suffered serious injuries in the fire that broke out at 2 a.m. in Riddle, a town about 200 miles south of Portland.

Thirty-nine-year-old James Keith Howell, 38-year-old Tabitha Annette Howell and 13-year-old Andrew Hall-Young were transported to a Portland hospital.

Killed were 4-year-old Gwendolyn Howell, 7-year-old Haley Maher, 10-year-old Isaiah Young and 13-year-old Nicholas Lowe.

Hutson says Nicholas was a foster child. Tabitha Annette Howell was the mother of all the children.


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