LAKE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a house fire in northwest Iowa has killed four people.
The fire in Lake City started sometime before 1:45 a.m. Tuesday and was discovered by a police officer on patrol.
The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office said three children and one adult were killed.
Lake City Police Chief Bobby Rist said one of his officers noticed smoke coming from the south edge of town. The officer followed the smoke to the house and found it ablaze.
Rist said the smoke and flames prevented the officer from getting into the house.
Investigators say the fire was not considered suspicious. The cause was being investigated Tuesday.
Lake City is a town of about 1,700 residents situated about 75 miles northwest of Des Moines.