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House fire kills 3 children, 1 adult in central Iowa town

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BOXHOLM, Iowa (AP) -- Three children and one adult died in a house fire overnight as firefighters battled bitter cold in the central Iowa town of Boxholm.

Boone County Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Morlan tells the Des Moines Register firefighters had problems with their gear because of the cold.

The fire was reported around 12:45 a.m. Sunday when the temperature was 6 degrees below zero.

Morlan says several pumps froze up on the fire trucks, and at one point Boxholm's system ran out of water and firefighters had to bring more in from outside of town.

The Iowa State Fire Marshall's office is investigating the fire.

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