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Investigators Identify Survivors in Deadly Pendleton House Fire

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PENDLETON, Ore. - Investigators have now identified the two survivors of the deadly house fire in Pendleton over the weekend.

Police say 27-year-old Kay Williams and 46-year-old David Erickstaed jumped from the windows of the burning home. Paramedics took both of them to the hospital in serious condition.

Investigators spoke with the survivors for the first time on Monday. Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts says they rented the house and appear to be in-laws.

Officers say the five people killed in the fire are believed to be a man, a woman and three young children. Police haven't released their names, but autopsies are set to begin Tuesday.

The State Medical Examiner's office says identifying the adults should be timely because they (should) have medical and dental records. The medical examiner says it could take months to identify the children however, because investigators need to compare the children's DNA with DNA from their parents.

Police says officers still don't know what started the fire, but they say they have ruled out arson caused by an accelerant or an accident in a drug lab.

Roberts says it appears the fire began on the front porch. Initial reports said the fire may have started in a can of cigarette butts, but investigators couldn't verify that. The fire gutted the two-story house.

 

 

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