Four Children, Two Adults Killed in Fire

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POTTSVILLE -- Six people, four of them children, were killed in a deadly blaze in Schuylkill County.

Fire crews said flames started at a home in the 200 block of Pierce Street in Pottsville late Sunday night.  Seven people lived in the home.

Firefighters said the floors and roof of the home collapsed making it difficult to fight the blaze.

According to the coroner, fire crews were unable to save Elijah Brown, 2, Emily Brown, 3, Jeremiah Brown, 7, and Joy Brown, 8.  Their father, Eric Brown, 30, was also killed. Flames claimed the life of the family's sister-in-law, Kristina Thomas, 26.

Authorities said the mother, Kelly Brown, was not home at the time.

The fire chief said that five firefighters were injured battling the flames. The injuries were minor.

A state police fire marshal is investigating.

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