House fire possibly caused by backyard fire pit kills five people

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DULUTH, GA (WXIA) After searching all Sunday morning, authorities investigating a house fire in Duluth, Georiga have confirmed that the bodies of two more victims have been recovered from the home.

That brings the death toll in the deadly fire to five.

Firefighters responded to the home around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after a neighbor called 911 to report fire and heavy smoke.

When crews got to the scene, they found a two-story home fully-engulfed in flames.

Once firefighters were able to get inside, they found the bodies of three people. But information gathered from neighbors and additional family members indicates that as many as five people — three adult women and two adult men — might have been inside the home before the fire. Just before 2 p.m., officials discovered the remaining two. They also recovered the bodies of a dog and a cat.

Fire and police detectives are both investigating the cause of the fire to find out exactly how it began, however preliminary information indicates that it began in the the back deck area, where a fire pit was located.

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