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WINONA, Texas (AP) Three young children died Sunday in an East Texas house fire.

Winona Police Chief Bryan Richards says three boys ages four, six and nine died when a fire broke out in a small house early Sunday.

Richards said an eight-year-old boy and two adults were hospitalized for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation. He said four other children in the house at the time weren't injured.

Richards said authorities believe the two hospitalized adults are the parents of one of the deceased boys, but it's unclear what the other family relationships are.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation by the Smith County fire marshal.

Winona is about 100 miles east of Dallas.

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