5 People Die in Abandoned House Fire in Fresno

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say five people are dead after a fire broke out at an abandoned home in Fresno early Sunday.

The Fresno Fire Department says fire crews brought six people out of the boarded-up home and that four were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Fresno Bee reports one more died at a hospital. The condition of the sixth person is not known.

Fire Battalion Chief Lawrence French says a neighbor told police he heard people screaming for help and pounding against a window.

French says fire investigators are expected to remain on scene throughout Sunday to determine what caused the fire.

Authorities didn’t release the identity of the victims.