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2 adults dead in house fire in southeast Missouri; cause still under investigation

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PARK HILLS, Missouri — Two people are dead after a pre-dawn fire at a home in southeast Missouri.

The fire was reported around 4:30 a.m. Monday at a frame home along a rural road in St. Francois County near Park Hills, about 70 miles southwest of St. Louis. Names of the victims have not been released, and the cause of the fire is not yet known.

St. Francois County Coroner James Coplin says both victims were adults, apparently a married couple. Coplin says the couple had children who were not at home — they had spent the night with a relative.

Autopsies are planned and it isn't yet certain if the victims died from the fire or smoke inhalation.

The Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office is assisting with the investigation.

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