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2 Maryland Sisters, 5 And 7, Killed In House Fire

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- Two girls have been killed in a house fire in western Maryland.

A spokesman for fire marshal's office says the girls are sisters and identified them as 5-year-old Halaina Smith and 7-year-old Emily Edwards. Those identities are pending confirmation by the coroner's office.

Fire marshal's spokesman Bruce Bouch says the girls' parents and two other siblings made it out of the fire alive.

The fire broke out around 3 a.m. Thursday at a two-store wood-framed duplex in Cumberland.

Bouch says the fire started in the unit with the two parents and their four children. Residents of the duplex's other unit survived.

It's unclear how the fire started. Bouch says the duplex had working smoke alarms but no sprinklers. An investigation is underway.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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