House Fire Kills 5 Kids in Arkansas

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A fire swept through a home early Tuesday, killing five children after their parents were unable reach them upstairs, authorities said.

The fire, reported shortly after 1 a.m., appeared to be accidental, said Fire Chief Dan White. The children's parents were awakened in a downstairs bedroom by a smoke alarm, but could not reach the children because of smoke and flames, he said.

White said the staircase in the 1 1/2-floor home was so narrow he had to turn sideways to get through to the second floor.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation. Police seized a space heater and a small amount of what appeared to be methamphetamine from the home after the fire had been extinguished, White said. Police said it didn't appear the home was being used to manufacture the drug.

The children were identified as Kristan Frazier, 13, Kimberly Frazier, 11, Katelyn Mahmens, 9, Kaila Frazier, 8, and Kiya Frazier, 5.

Authorities identified the father as Jamie Dale Frazier, 33, and the mother as Kerry A. Mahmens Frazier, 27.

The children's bodies and items taken from the home were being sent to a crime lab for analysis.

Bentonville is about 150 miles northwest of Little Rock.

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