Three children, two adults die in Kentucky fire

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Posted: Oct 20, 2015 12:38 PM

By Steve Bittenbender

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Three children and two adults were found dead in a fire that damaged 19th century rowhouses early on Tuesday in the small northern Kentucky city of Maysville, the mayor said.

Authorities have not yet released the names or ages of the victims, though the children and one of the adults were related, Maysville Mayor David Cartmell said in a telephone interview.

The fire damaged five of 11 homes that are part of a set of rowhouses dating to 1840, Cartmell said. Some of the houses may need to be razed, Cartmell said.

Maysville, a city of about 9,000 residents, sits on the Ohio River about 110 miles northeast of Louisville.

Authorities, including an arson unit from the Kentucky state police, are investigating the cause of the fire, Cartmell said.

(Editing by David Bailey and Will Dunham)