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May 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Fire officials: 2 people died in Aberdeen house fire, 3 escaped

The Associated Press

UPDATE, 11:10 a.m.: ABERDEEN — Fire officials say an adult and a teen have died while three others escaped from an early morning house fire in the coastal Washington city of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard told KOMO News that witnesses used a ladder Friday to help an elderly couple get out of the burning home, and another woman jumped from the roof into the arms of firefighters.

Neighbors told The Associated Press they awoke to screams and the smell of smoke.

Donna Hensel says her husband and another man used a ladder to help an elderly couple to safety.

The identities of the adult and teen who died were not immediately released.

Neighbors say the elderly couple was planning to move to Idaho and that family members were in the area to help them pack.

ORIGINAL POST: ABERDEEN — Two children are feared dead in a house fire in Aberdeen.

The fire department says witnesses used a ladder Friday morning to help an elderly couple and a woman escape, but the two children are unaccounted for.

Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard told KXRO that everyone in the house could have lost their lives if not for the efforts of the residents and police officers who arrived at the home before firefighters.

A neighbor who lives across the street saw the fire when she awoke.

“I heard someone screaming,” Bev Brown said. “The house was engulfed in flames, shooting out. It was terrible. It was awful.”

Aberdeen is on the Washington coast about 80 miles west of Seattle.

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