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Nine people killed in Mississippi apartment fire

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2009 | 9:11 AM

Nine people have been killed in a fire at an apartment block in the US state of Mississippi.

Officials say at least six children are among the dead.

State Fire Marshal, Mike Chaney says the blaze was reported to have broken out before dawn at the building in Starkville, Oktibbeha County.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, in a two-storey block containing eight apartments, not far from Mississippi State University.

The deaths were confirmed by County Coroner Michael Hunt.

Fire Chief, Rodger Mann said it will take time to establish more information about the fire and its victims.

However, an eyewitness told the Commercial Dispatch newspaper that children aged four and three as well as a young baby are feared dead.