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(WTVR/CNN/WNEP) – Six people, including four children, were killed in a house fire late Sunday night in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill Haven borough police said.

According to the coroner, fire crews were unable to save Elijah Brown, 2, Emily Brown, 3, Jeremiah Brown, 7, and Joy Brown, 8. Their father, Eric Brown, 30, was also killed. Flames claimed the life of the family’s sister-in-law, Kristina Thomas, 26.

Authorities said the mother, Kelly Brown, was not home at the time.

The Pottsville fire marshal is investigating what started the fire.

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