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Published on Monday April 25, 2011 - 9:59 AM
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VANCOUVER, Washington - A fire killed six people when a house burned in Vancouver early Easter morning, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. the Vancouver Fire Department responded to a house fire at 15304 NE 13th Circle. Fire crews were able to control the fire at approximately 2:06 a.m.

Investigators from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit, the Vancouver Fire-Arson Unit,the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Portland Fire Bureau have spent the majority of the day collecting evidence at the scene. Investigators have located at least 6 deceased persons inside the single story residence. The remains of the deceased are being transported to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office. At this time no positive identification or cause of death has been determined for any of the victims.

"It was just amazing to watch, to just completely engulf a house in a short period of time," said Janet Shannon, who lives across the street.

Firefighters started spraying water to knock down the flames and protect a nearby home. They got the fire under control about 30 minutes after they arrived.

The house was badly damaged, Moen said. Around 4 a.m. firefighters were finally able to search the house and found two dead people inside.

Neither firefighters nor police officers investigating the fire have released the name of the victims. The medical examiner will determine their identities on Monday or Tuesday, Kapp said.

Police say they this is an arson investigation because the cause of the fire is not known. They expect to return to the bunred home today.