Nine people including at least six children have died in a fire at an apartment block complex in the US.
The blaze was reported around dawn in Starkville, Mississippi, according to County Coroner Michael Hunt.
He said the children ranged in age from four months to six years.
Firefighters were at the scene more than six hours later, and there was no word on how the blaze started.
“All I can tell you is we had a fire in one of the older apartment buildings,” Starkville Fire Chief Rodger Mann said. “That’s about all I can say. When a fatality is involved, things move a lot slower.”
He did not identify any of the victims.
The fire was in a large complex of six two-storey buildings, each divided into eight apartments.
The heaviest damage was to three apartments on the second floor of one of the buildings, though all of those who died were in one apartment, Mr Mann added.
Starkville, which has about 24,000 residents, is about 115 miles from Jackson, Mississippi.