Posted at: 01/24/2014 11:35 AM
Updated at: 01/24/2014 3:59 PM
By: The Associated Press
In this photo provided by the Fayette County, Iowa, Sheriff's Office is the scene of a fire that destroyed a house Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 in Arlington, Iowa, and killed at least five, according to authorities.
Photo: AP Photo/Fayette County Sheriff's Office
Authorities in northeast Iowa say the bodies of five people have been retrieved from a house that was completely destroyed by an early morning fire. The house was damaged so badly it could be difficult to collect enough evidence to determine the cause of the fire.
The blaze left just a charred pile of smoking metal and siding where the house once stood in Arlington, a small city about 125 miles northeast of Des Moines.
The state fire marshal says it appears the bodies are those of three adults and two children. Their remains will be sent to the state medical examiner's office for positive identification. An official cause of death for the five will not be available until autopsies are completed.
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