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Fire that killed 6 kids started in living room

FORT EDWARD (AP) -- Fire investigators in upstate New York say the fire in a two-story house that killed six children ages 1 to 12 likely started in a first-floor living room, and all six died of smoke inhalation.

William Cook, director of public safety for Washington County, says investigators do not suspect foul play in the fire. He says five children were found in upstairs bedrooms and one was found in a downstairs bedroom.

Officials say five people escaped the blaze.

Officials would not identify the dead children. But Florence Palazzo said that two of her daughters, 12-year-old Hope Palazzo-Smith and 6-year-old Mackenzie Palazzo-Smith, were among the victims.

Relatives said other victims were children of the two adults injured in the fire: Lewis Carl Smith Jr., who was either 7 or 8; Emillie Smith, 3, and Abigail Smith, who turned 1 on Thursday. Also dead was 8-year-old Paige Cox, daughter of the injured woman, according to relatives.

It could take several days before investigators know what caused the fire that swept through the house just after sunrise Saturday.


Prince falls from horse during polo match

NEW YORK (AP) -- Britain's Prince Harry took a tumble from his horse before his defeat in a New York polo match against Argentine equestrian Nacho Figueras. But it was all for a good cause.

The 25-year-old prince fell off his polo pony during Sunday's match, held to benefit children in HIV-ravaged Lesotho, in southern Africa. But he had a smile on his face as he got back up and continued the contest.

Proceeds from the day would go to American Friends of Sentebale.

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