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2 dead in early morning Colville fire

COLVILLE, Wash. - Two people died in an early morning house fire on Friday.

Colville firefighters were called to a home at 158 Aladdin rd. around 5 a.m. Friday.

A neighbor called in the fire and although crews arrived within minutes, the house was already engulfed in flames when they got there.

"Life saving attempts were unsuccessful. We couldn't make entry into the resident whatsoever," said Brad Manke the Colville fire chief and an investigator with the Stevens county sheriff's office.

The cold weather didn't make it easy to put the fire out.

"We had a lot of problems with our SCBA's, the masks and regulators, freezing up and we had to rotate guys in and out so their regulators would thaw," said Manke.

Another challenge for the firefighters was dealing the the deaths of two people from their community.

"It's real difficult. Especially for our volunteer fire crews because we maybe have one fatality in our district a year, if even that. So a lot of guys aren't used to seeing that type of thing," Manke.

Especially in a community as tight knit as this one.

"It hits home," said Manke.

Along with the two adults, whose names have not yet been released, several animals also died in the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Investigators say there's no reason to believe this was anything but an accident.