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Investigators probe cause of Wisconsin fire that killed 6

Responders work the scene of a deadly house fire in Pickerel on Tuesday. Authorities say several people, including four children, died in the house fire. (Antigo Daily Journal via AP)

Responders work the scene of a deadly house fire in Pickerel on Tuesday. Authorities say several people, including four children, died in the house fire. (Antigo Daily Journal via AP)

PICKEREL (AP) — State and local investigators are trying to ascertain the cause of a house fire that killed six people, including four children, in a small northern Wisconsin town.

Authorities say the fire early Tuesday in a multifamily home in the unincorporated community of Pickerel killed a 34-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man, a 10-month-old girl, a 1½-year-old girl, a 3-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy. Langlade County Coroner Larry Shadick says two other people escaped.

Fire officials say the blaze is believed to have started on the lower level and spread upward. Town of Langlade Assistant Fire Chief Don Wineland says the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived about 6:30 a.m. and they weren’t able to enter the house.

Pickerel is about 200 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

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