The Latest: Police: 5 children killed in Alaska house fire

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Posted: Sep 07, 2017 3:08 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the deaths of five children in a fire northeast of Anchorage (all times local):

10:55 a.m.

Authorities say the remains of five children have been found in the rubble of a trailer home in Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers say in a web posting that the victims are all believed to be girls ranging in age from 3 to 12.

The bodies were found after a fire Thursday destroyed the trailer home about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of Anchorage. Officials had initially said there were three victims and two other people were unaccounted for.

Other details of the fire weren't immediately available, and troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters didn't immediately return calls to The Associated Press.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

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10:23 a.m.

Three people were killed and two others are missing in a house fire in a suburban area northeast of Anchorage.

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Alaska State Troopers in a web posting confirmed the three deaths and said efforts to find the other two people were underway.

Troopers and the Alaska Fire Marshal's office were notified of the fire in the Butte area about 7 a.m. Thursday.

No other details were immediately available.

The Butte, as it is called, is a suburban area that is home to about 3,500 residents. It's located in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, about 35 miles northeast of Anchorage.