Mayor: House Fire Kills 5 In Stamford, Conn.

By Salon Staff

Published December 25, 2011 4:18PM (EST)

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say fire broke out in a home in Stamford, Conn., on Christmas morning, killing five people.

Mayor Michael Pavia says the victims are two adults and three children. Their names have not been released.

Acting Fire Chief Antonio Conte told reporters that two people escaped the fire, which was reported shortly before 5 a.m.. They were taken to a hospital. Conte says the cause of the fire has not been determined.

A neighbor, Sam Cingari Jr., says he was awakened by the sound of screaming. He says the house was entirely engulfed by flames.

Cingari says he does not know his neighbors, who he says bought the house last year and were renovating it.

Pavia and Conte had no further details.

Stamford is a city of 117,000 residents about 25 miles northeast of New York City.

Salon Staff

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