LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police say smoke inhalation killed a couple and five children - including two friends spending the night - in a house fire over the weekend.
Trooper Shane Jacobs released the cause of death Tuesday morning for those who died Saturday in the blaze in the town of Gray in Knox County.
Jacobs says those who died were 27-year-old Jesse Disney; his fianceé, 22-year-old Nina Asher; her three children, 3-year-old William Gray Jr.; 2-year-old Camden Gray; and 8-month-old Abigail Gray; and two family friends, 2-year-old Paiten Cox and 2-year-old Brielle Cox.
Investigators have said it could take some time before the cause is determined.
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Laura Cima said Sunday that her husband, Gino, raced to the house Saturday when he heard about the fire, but was too late to save the two adults and five children inside.
Laura Cima said the bodies of the two adults were found just inside a side door, and Gino dragged them out while yelling, "There's babies in there!" to firefighters outside.
Officials have not identified the victims, but family members say the five children killed ranged in age from 10 months to 3 years. They also say the woman killed was three months pregnant. The seventh victim was a man.
Knox County Coroner Mike Blevins says the names of those who died Saturday wouldn't be immediately released. Blevins says officials are trying to confirm their identities.
Blevins says the deceased are a man, a woman and five children. He says the woman was the mother of three of the children, and the other two were from another family.
Blevins and state police said the cause of the blaze in the Gray community near Corbin - about halfway between Lexington, Ky., and Knoxville, Tenn. - remained under investigation.
Troopers said someone called 911 at 9:57 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters stayed on the scene until the fire was out at 1 p.m.
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