It was the third fire of the night for the city and struck shortly after firefighters fought another fire about a half-mile away. according to the Associated Press (http://abcn.ws/101uZhf). The victims were a father and three of his children.
The dwelling was balloon-frame construction, which allowed for rapid and comprehensive fire spread. City fire investigators were working with state and federal agencies to try to determine the cause of the fire, which is not believed to have any connection to the others mentioned above.
Read additional details on this fire at http://abcn.ws/101uZhf.
For more on the dangers of balloon-frame construction, consider Fighting Fires in Balloon-Frame Construction and COLLAPSE AND FIRE EXTENSION IN WOOD-FRAME CONSTRUCTION.