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Police Name Five People Killed in Pendleton House Fire

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UPDATE: PENDLETON, Oregon. - The Oregon State Medical Examiner has identified the five people who died in a house fire in Pendleton last month. 

Pendleton Police say 46-year-old Treasa Philpott, 29-year-old Kristopher Morton, 5-year-old Evan Williams, 2-year-old Rowan Harvey and 5-month-old Annabelle Williams all died from smoke inhalation.

Officers say the three children lived at the rental home with their mother, 27-year-old Kay Williams, and 49-year-old David Eickstaedt. Police say Eickstaedt and Williams escaped the fire by jumping out of a window. Paramedics took them both to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland for smoke inhalation and other injuries, they were released last week. 

Police say Philpott and Morton had been guests in the home.


PREVIOUS COVERAGE:  9/24/13 - Investigators have identified the two survivors of the deadly house fire in Pendleton.

Police say 27-year-old Kay Williams and 46-year-old David Eickstaedt jumped from the windows of the burning home.

Paramedics took both of them to the hospital in serious condition. 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 on the 1200 block of South East Court Place in Pendleton Sunday morning.