4 kids die in Oregon fire

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Four children died in a house fire Wednesday in an Oregon timber town and their mother, her husband and a 13-year-old sibling were critically injured, a sheriff’s official said.

The fire broke out around 2 a.m. in Riddle, a small town about 200 miles south of Portland that has been hit hard by the decline of the timber industry.

The dead children were ages 4, 7, 10 and 13 and included a foster child, authorities said.

The cause of the blaze did not appear suspicious, but an investigation was continuing, authorities said.