- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 5, 2017

LUDLOW, Mass. (AP) - Officials say an air conditioner caused a house fire that killed three people in western Massachusetts.

Emergency crews responded to the fire in Ludlow shortly after dawn Tuesday. Firefighters say a neighbor called 911 and tried to douse the flames with a garden hose.

Fire officials say multiple departments were called in, and the fire was brought under control.

Authorities say the air conditioner was located in the living room.

The State Fire Marshal’s office says the victims were a 78-year-old woman, her 82-year-old husband and their adult son. Their names will be released when family has been notified.

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