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Deadly house fire in Philadelphia leaves four dead, including two children

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Debra Forrest, right, is consoled in the aftermath of a fire that claimed family members' lives, April 16, in Philadelphia. Officials say the early morning house fire claimed the lives of four people, including two children.

Two brothers, ages two and four, died alongside their mother and grandfather when a fire broke out in their home today in the early morning hours. Though firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 30 minutes, it wasn't fast enough to save the lives of the family. Firefighters found no evidence of a working fire alarm in the home, which might have warned them in time to escape. The boys' father apparently tried to rescue them when he returned home from work, but was beaten back by the intense flames.

More about the fatal fire from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Firefighters work the scene of a deadly row house fire, April 16, in Philadelphia.