7 dead in fire at Memphis house

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Fire Department says seven people have died in a house fire.

Lt. Keith Staples told The Associated Press that firefighters don't yet know the ages or gender of the victims. He said the cause of the fire, which broke out about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, isn't yet known.

Fire officials told The Commercial Appeal newspaper that search crews discovered the bodies after extinguishing the flames.

WMC-TV and the newspaper reported that three others -- two children and a teenager -- suffered burns and were sent to the hospital.

The newspaper said a 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old female were sent to the burn unit of Regional Medical Center. An 11-year-old male was reported as being taken to LeBonheur Children's Medical Center.

Firefighters were continuing to investigate at the scene in the Orange Mound neighborhood of Memphis.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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