NEW ORLEANS — A house fire in New Orleans has killed a 70-year-old man, a 69-year-old woman and a 3-year-old boy.

New Orleans Fire Department spokeswoman Nathel (NAY-thel) Morgan says an 80-year-old man was taken to a hospital.

She says the other adults were dead when firefighters found them early Friday, and the toddler died either at a hospital or en route. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Morgan says in a news release that neighbors in eastern New Orleans said they tried unsuccessfully to get into the burning house before firefighters arrived 1:40 a.m.

She says firefighters found fire coming out of the front door and windows of the one-story wood-frame house near Lake Pontchartrain. Morgan says it took 14 fire companies about 40 minutes to bring the fire under control.

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