The Latest: Deputy: 4 dead in Oregon fire were children

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Posted: Mar 01, 2017 6:26 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on fatal house fire in Oregon (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

A sheriff's spokesman says four children were killed in a house fire in a small Oregon timber town.

Douglas County Deputy Dwes Hutson said Wednesday the children ranged from 4 to 13.

Two adults and a 13-year-old boy survived and suffered serious injuries in the fire that broke out at 2 a.m. in Riddle, a town about 200 miles south of Portland.

Thirty-nine-year-old James Keith Howell, 38-year-old Tabitha Annette Howell and 13-year-old Andrew Hall-Young were transported to a Portland hospital.

Killed were 4-year-old Gwendolyn Howell, 7-year-old Haley Maher, 10-year-old Isaiah Young and 13-year-old Nicholas Lowe.

Hutson says Nicholas was a foster child.

Tabitha Annette Howell was the mother of all the children.


2:45 p.m.

A sheriff's official says four people are dead and three seriously injured in a house fire that broke out overnight in a small Oregon town about 200 miles south of Portland.

Douglas County sheriff's Deputy Dwes Hutson didn't immediately release further details Wednesday but said more information would be forthcoming.

He previously said there were fewer than 10 people in the home when the fire broke out around 2 a.m. in Riddle.

South Umpqua School District Superintendent Tim Porter says students in his district were involved in the fire.

Porter could not provide more information but says the district is offering grief counseling at its schools.

All of the injured people were transported to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center in Portland.