- Associated Press - Saturday, December 24, 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say three children are dead and five other people are injured following a pre-dawn house fire in Rockford.

Firefighters were called to a home on the city’s west side around 3:40 a.m. Saturday. They found the house in flames and two boys, one girl and a dog dead inside.

Rockford Fire Division Chief Matt Knott tells the (Rockford) Register Star (https://bit.ly/2hcDcJV ) that two adults and three other children escaped with non-life-threatening injuries after smoke detectors awakened them.

Knott says the fire’s cause remains under investigation. The names of the victims have not been released.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

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