updated 3/25/2008 3:16:37 PM ET 2008-03-25T19:16:37

Five children died in a house fire Tuesday after their parents couldn’t get to them.

Fire Chief Dan White said the children were upstairs when the fire broke out and their parents were asleep downstairs.

The chief said the parents were awakened by a smoke alarm but could not get upstairs because of smoke and flames.

The children ranged in age from 7 to 13. Their parents escaped from the burning house.

White said the blaze appears to have been accidental.

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