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5 killed, 1 survivor in Capitol Forest house fire, investigation underway

Upon arriving at the scene, crews discovered a teen girl who had escaped the house fire. Two adults and three kids died in the fire.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Five people died and one survived after a Saturday morning house fire in Capitol Forest, according to the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office said fire crews were called to the 8800 block of Sherman Valley Way at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Upon arriving at the scene, crews discovered the home completely engulfed in flames and a teen girl who had escaped the house fire before crews arrived. A mother, father and three if their children, died in the fire. All six were inside the home when the fire started. 

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said there was no indication of any criminal activity.

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office said the teen girl who escaped the fire was a visitor sleeping over. She was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation.

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It took several hours to put out the fire and crews will be at the home through the night. The home is located in a rural part of Thurston County with no fire hydrants so water had to be brought in on trucks, according to a sheriff's department spokesperson.

The identities and ages of those who died have not been released.

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office, West Thurston Fire and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating. A spokesperson said it may take several days before they can identify a cause.

A barn was also attached to the home, but the fire was contained inside the house.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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