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AP PHOTO Firefighters look on after they put out a blaze at a home on Washington Avenue in Mason City on Wednesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire killed four children and injured two other people.

MASON CITY — A house fire in northern Iowa that killed four children was started by a power strip, authorities said Thursday.

The fire was reported in Mason City early Wednesday, and when firefighters arrived they found flames engulfing the first and second floors of the house, built in the 1880s.

Firefighters said the blaze started at a power strip on the ground floor of the three-story home, according to KIMT-TV, though they didn’t specify how the strip started it.

The four children murdered were identified as John Michael Mcluer, 12; Odin Thor Mcluer, 10; Drako Mcluer, 6; and Phenix Mcluer, 3.

Two residents – John Michael Mcluer, 55, and Ravan Dawn Mcluer, 11 – escaped. They suffered burns and were treated in a hospital.

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