Five Unaccounted for in MA House Fire

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Lucinda Seago, 42, died in the fire that tore through her Richmond Road home around 12:45 a.m. Saturday. "One of the children made it out - I really can't say anything".

The woman killed along with her four children in a tragic fire early Saturday morning has been identified.

"There was nothing that we could have done different", Gates said, his voice breaking. "When we got on scene, the house was totally engulfed".

Over a dozen area fire departments helped battle the blaze, but crews were hampered by bitter cold temperatures and the challenges of drawing water to battle fires in the rural town, which has no fire hydrants.

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"We're a very tight bunch and obviously this is tough on all of us", Gates said.

Young said the town was coming together to mourn the loss and respond to the tragedy. The two parents were part of the town government. "They were wonderful people". Two occupants of the house escaped.

State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said the names and ages of the victims would be released after formal identification by the state fire marshal and notification of next of kin.

Meith said the cause has not yet been determined but investigators are looking at a problem with the wood stove as a possible cause. They were taken to a hospital in Keene, New Hampshire and are expected to survive.

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