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The Latest: Neighbor says she heard 'boom' before fatal fire

May 06, 2016 - 6:40 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Latest on the house fire in Syracuse that has killed six members of the same family (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

A woman says she heard what sounded like an explosion before a home in her Syracuse neighbourhood went up in flames, killing six members of the same family.

Sebira Pehlic tells The Syracuse Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/1WNF398 ) that she "heard a boom" about an hour after returning home from work at 3 a.m. Friday. When she looked out a window she saw smoke and flames coming from a house four doors away.

Pehlic says the fire spread quickly. A photo she took that was posted on the newspaper's website shows the entire front of the home engulfed in flames.

Syracuse Fire Chief Paul Linnertz told Time Warner Cable News that all six victims were related. A seventh person was injured and is hospitalized.

The fire, reported around 3:50 a.m., is under investigation.

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8:55 a.m.

Authorities are confirming that six people killed in a house fire in New York were all members of the same family.

Syracuse Fire Department officials tell local media that the blaze was reported around 3:50 a.m. Friday at a home on the city's north side.

Officials say firefighters were attempting to enter the front of the burning two-story home when the porch roof collapsed, forcing them to retreat. The flames were put out about 30 minutes later.

When firefighters entered the home, they found two bodies downstairs and four others upstairs. Syracuse Fire Chief Paul Linnertz told Time Warner Cable News that all six victims were related.

A seventh person was able to escape and has been taken to a hospital.

No other information has been released.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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6:30 a.m.

Authorities say six people have died in a house fire in New York, and they believe all the victims were members of the same family.

Syracuse Fire Department officials tell local media that the blaze was reported around 3:50 a.m. Friday at a home in a residential neighbourhood on the city's north side.

Officials say firefighters were attempting to enter the front of the burning two-story home when the porch roof collapsed, forcing them to retreat. The flames were put out about 30 minutes later.

When firefighters entered the home, they found two bodies downstairs and four others upstairs. A seventh person was able to escape and has been taken to a hospital.

No other information has been released.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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