- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SPURGER, Texas (AP) - Four children who ranged in age from 4 to 8 died early Wednesday in a fire at their East Texas mobile home, authorities said.

The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office said the fire occurred about 2:30 a.m. near Spurger, an unincorporated Big Thicket community of about 600 residents, about 100 miles northeast of Houston.

The parents, along with a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old, escaped the blaze. Sheriff Bryan Weatherford says volunteer firefighters later found the bodies of the four children.

“It’s not something you see every day. It’s tough on everybody,” Weatherford said. “Something like that is very traumatic, of course, for the family. But we forget how this affects the first responders.”

The mother and the two surviving children were taken to Tyler County Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and minor burns. The father declined treatment at the fire scene.

The names of the victims have not been released. The cause of the fire is still being investigated but no foul play is suspected, Weatherford said.

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