PENDLETON, Ore. (September 23, 2013)—An investigation was underway Monday in Pendleton, Ore., after five people died and two were seriously injured when a two-story rented house burned.
Three of the dead were children.
Pendleton police Chief Stuart Roberts said there was no initial indication of foul play as authorities entered the residence after daybreak Monday, but said nothing has been ruled out.
State, local and federal investigators were the house, which Roberts says appears to date to the early 20th century.
He said it burned rapidly and thoroughly Sunday, and it was too dangerous to examine in the dark.
Roberts says the survivors weren’t able to be interviewed, and authorities won't begin notifying relatives of the dead until they get positive identifications from the medical examiner's office.