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UPDATED: Two dead after morning house fire

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Firefighters are investigating after two people and two dogs died in a Tuesday morning house fire on the city’s north side.

Firefighters were called to the 7000 block of Strawberry Drive near Northop High School at 5:33 a.m. When crews arrived on the scene at 5:39 a.m., the back half of the home was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters went through the front door of the home when the rear of the home collapsed. They then went through second story windows searching for victims.

One victim was found by firefighters, while another was found by investigators located under the collapse.

The victims have since been identified by the Allen County Coroner’s Office as Robert Lee Whitt, 65 of Fort Wayne, and Gordon L. Douglas, 54 of Fort Wayne. Their causes of death were due to smoke inhalation, and their manners of death were ruled an accident.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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