2 Boys, Man Killed In Fire On Ariz. Reservation

Published February 19, 2012 4:36AM (EST)

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say two boys and a man are dead after a house fire on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in eastern Arizona.

The Arizona Republic reports ( ) the boys were 5 and 7 years old, and the man was 50.

Warren Youngman, an assistant special agent with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, says officers arrived at the burning home at 1:45 a.m. Saturday. They were met by a 63-year-old woman who said her grandchildren and a family friend were inside the house.

Youngman says firefighters entered the home and found the two boys and a 50-year-old man dead. All three were members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

Youngman says the cause of the fire is unknown. Special agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating.

The victims' names were withheld pending notification of family.

The San Carlos Apache Reservation is about 100 miles east of Phoenix.

By Salon Staff

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